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Which is the Best GPS Tracker? – Ultimate Guide to GPS Tracking

Decide Which is the Best GPS Tracker For You


Whether for Dementia, Kids, Pets, Valuables or Vehicles; below are 8 of the best GPS trackers on the market, compared and analysed.

All the GPS trackers below have FREE UK delivery! (+ Low-Cost EU / Worldwide Shipping)

best gps tracker

Discreetly slipping in to the shoes of the wearer, this GPS tracker is ideal for those that are likely to forget items like a phone or keys. It has advanced and accurate tracking technology as well as being fully waterproof.

  • Safezone Alerts ✓
  • Waterproof ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • Monthly Fee ✓
  • 1-2 Day Battery Life ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ×
  • SOS Alarm Button ×

£248.95

best gps tracker

Peace of mind that your loved ones are safe and contactable 24/7. A watch with GPS tracking, 2-way communication and an SOS button that can send out alerts. Very user-friendly tracking app (iOS + Android).

  • Safezone Alerts ✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • Monthly Fee ✓
  • 1-2 Day Battery Life ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓

£109.95

best gps tracker

Designed specifically for dementia, this is the best tracking watch on the market. Can be locked to their wrist, much longer battery life, alerts when someone leaves home (not just an area), 2-way communication + more.

  • House + Safezone Alerts ✓
  • 7 Day Battery Life ✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Track On Any Device ✓
  • Monthly Fee ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓

From £329.95

best gps tracker

This GPS tracker includes an SOS alarm that can notify any number of app users when pressed. It’s easy to set up and nicely designed with an app that’s pleasant to use. No monthly fees makes this a cost effective option.

  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Waterproof (IP55) ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • 3-7 Day Battery Life ✓
  • Network: 2g + 3g ✓
  • Monthly Fee ×
  • Safezone Alerts ×
  • 2-Way Communication ×

£139.95

best gps tracker

Instantly locate loved ones when they press the SOS button or by sending the phone a text. This GPS Tracker also has an ‘auto call answer’ feature that goes straight to extra loud speakerphone, great for those who may forget they have a phone or how to answer it.

  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • Waterproof ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Avg. 14 Day Battery Life ✓
  • Network: 2g + 3g ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ×
  • Monthly Fee ×
  • Safezone Alerts  ×

£114.95

best gps tracker

With its compact design and the longest battery life of all these trackers, this is ideal for checking something or someone are where they should be. It takes moments to set up and can be placed pretty much anywhere. Top up using the app whenever you need data.

  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • 7-14 Day Battery Life ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ×
  • 2-Way Communication ×
  • Monthly Fee ×
  • Safezone Alerts ×

£114.95

best gps tracker

A really small tracking device that works in 100+ countries at no extra cost, includes a free belt loop + trouser clip for easy wearing, will alert you when it’s left a certain area and much more. Ideal for everything from dementia to pets.

  • Works in 100+ Countries ✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Safezone Alerts ✓
  • Avg. 3 Day Battery Life ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ×
  • Monthly Fee ×

From £139.95

best gps tracker

Give your kids freedom whilst making sure they’re safe. See where they are, where they’ve been and know when they leave a ‘safe zone’. Call them or they can call you at any time. An SOS button for emergencies + much more. Ideal for holidays!

  • Safezone Alerts✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • 1-2 Day Battery Life
  • Monthly Fee ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓

£109.95

If you’re looking to find out more about the best GPS trackers, this guide will introduce what you need to know to make the right decision.

What is a GPS tracker?

A GPS tracker is a clever piece of technology that enables something or someone’s location to be pinpointed accurately pretty much anywhere in the world. They come in all shapes, sizes and with extra features that can be invaluable when ensuring safety and security e.g. dementia wandering.


Common uses for a GPS tracker…

  • Tracking people with dementia / Alzheimer’s (those that wander / the elderly)
    The number of people around the world developing Dementia is increasingly rapidly, being driven by an ageing population.  In the UK, there’s over 250k cases of dementia, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed every year.With no known treatments currently, it’s often the role of family and carers to ensure the highest quality of life and safety for the individual with dementia, whilst maintaining their independence and your peace of mind. GPS Trackers allow you to not worry that if they go missing, you won’t know where to find them.


  • Tracking kids / young children
    As we live in what seems to be an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world, it’s become even more important to keep our loved ones safe. The innocence and naivety of children makes that extra important, so being able to track their location can be invaluable in offering you peace of mind and keeping them safe. A child tracker comes in many shapes and sizes, but one of the most popular is a kids GPS watch.They’re fun for children to wear and look great, water-resistant and enable you to track, call or be alerted when your child leaves a safe area you’ve set. They’re especially useful whilst places when you can’t keep an eye on your kids all time like on holiday, busy areas or when they’re not with you.


  • Tracking people with medical conditions (e.g. at risk of falling / having seizures)
  • Tracking cars or entire fleets of vehicles
  • Tracking those with mental health problems or vulnerable individuals (e.g. learning difficulties)
  • Tracking your pets or animals
  • Tracking people at risk of abduction or kidnap
  • Tracking lone workers. (Track your employees or equipment / vehicles)
  • Tracking valuable items (e.g. luggage, golf bag, machinery)


How does a GPS tracker work?

GPS stands for global positioning system. GPS trackers find out their location using satellites, then send information about their whereabouts, direction and speed of travel to a tracking device using mobile data. This means that most GPS trackers have a sim card in them, just like a mobile phone.

GPS trackers use a combination of different signals to detect their location.  This includes LBS signals (Local Base Station), which uses the nearest mobile phone signal masts to help increase accuracy of the location, especially when indoors. Some GPS trackers can also use Wi-Fi to help make their location more accurate, however this does not require passwords or a router, just being close to a Wi-Fi Signal.


How accurate is a GPS tracker?

The accuracy of a GPS tracker can vary depending on whether it’s indoors or outdoors, the signal level and various other factors. With this in mind, GPS trackers remain the most effective way to track down something or someone to within a small area, which is usually enough to find them and make sure they’re safe.

When outdoors, location is usually accurate to between 3m and 30m.


How do I view the tracker’s location?

Depending on which GPS tracker you’ve bought, it’s location is usually displayed on a digital map. This can be on a web browser-based tracking portal, where you’d log in and see the location marked by a pin.

Similarly, many trackers have an accompanying app (application) for smartphones or tablets, where the tracker’s location is also pinpointed on a map. With both methods, you can zoom in or out and in some cases, navigate yourself to the tracker’s location through Google or Apple maps.

Depending on the tracker, you can be notified when the tracker has left a certain area by SMS (text message), email or PUSH smartphone notification.


What is a safezone / geozone and why might I need it?

Unless you are constantly with the person or item you’re tracking, you wouldn’t necessarily know when the tracker has disappeared. This is especially important if you’re tracking a person e.g. someone with Dementia. If you’re not with them 24/7, it will be much less effective using a tracker that doesn’t notify you when it’s left a certain area, as they could be on the move or lost for hours before you’d know to track them.

A geofence or safezone is a pre-designated area that you’re notified if the tracker enters or leaves. It’s usually set from within the tracking smartphone app or on the web tracking portal; we’re more than happy to assist in setting them up for any of our customers.

Not all trackers offer this functionality, so ensure to check before making a purchase. An example of this would be creating a geo-zone around the street of someone with dementia, so when they go wandering out of the area, family members are notified. The opposite could also be applied to an area of danger like a busy road, lake or railway, where you’d be notified if they get close to it.

Our Dementia WatchGPS Watch & GPS Tracking insoles all have safezone alerts and update their location regularly.


How long does the battery last on a GPS tracker?

Trackers with geo-fencing technology (explained above) need to be constantly updating their location in order to know when they’ve left the area. They therefore use more battery and require more regular charging than those that don’t gave this feature.

GPS trackers with geofence functionality usually last between 1 to 3 days before requiring a recharge depending on use. At TechSilver we can help tweak the settings to either preserve battery, or give more regular location updates.

  • Our Dementia Watch knows when the wearer is at home, and goes in to low power mode, meaning the battery last an average on an entire week without needing a recharge!
  • Our GPS Tracking Insoles have clever ‘sleeping technology’ that stops updating it’s location when movement isn’t detected for long periods (e.g. the wearer’s watching TV).
  • Our best-selling Small GPS tracker has a battery life that can last up to a month without requiring a recharge depending on how often you set it’s location to update, but as a result does not have safe zone alerts.


What other features do GPS trackers have?

GPS trackers offer a wide variety of other features alongside simply finding their whereabouts…

Some trackers come with 2-way emergency communication, so the user can call or be called by designated contacts in any eventuality. This is very useful when tracking vulnerable people, so that when they’ve gone missing, you can call and reassure them whilst travelling to their location. GPS Trackers with this feature: Dementia GPS WatchGPS Tracking Watch, Kids GPS Tracking Watch & our All-Round Tracker

Location history is another common feature of GPS trackers. Most will show the tracker’s previous route/s using lines on a map, so you can see where it’s gone within certain days and times. This can be very useful for trying to build up a picture of where the wearer is going, for example someone with Dementia or a child running away. GPS Trackers with this feature: Dementia GPS Tracking WatchGPS Tracking WatchKids GPS Tracking WatchTracking InsolesSOS Button Tracker & our Small Tracker.

An SOS Button or alarm is also a common GPS tracker feature. This is usually a button somewhere easily reachable on the device that when pressed, sends an SOS message, calls emergency contact numbers or both. This is especially useful for people that are at risk of having falls, strokes, or even violent crime like kidnapping. GPS Trackers with this feature: Dementia GPS Tracking WatchGPS Tracking WatchKids GPS Tracking WatchSOS Button Tracker, Tracker Phone

Silent Monitoring is especially useful if you want to check on the person who’s being tracked’s surroundings without them or anyone in their vicinity noticing. Applications could be checking on your elderly loved one without waking them, or even listening to people around the victim in the case of someone being abducted. Trackers with this feature: GPS Tracking Watch, Kids Tracking Watch Update: This feature has now been made illegal in Germany, therefore many companies in Europe have removed silent monitoring from their products. 


Do GPS trackers need mobile signal?

In short, yes. GPS devices (like SatNavs) don’t require mobile phone signal to function, because the location does not need to be sent on elsewhere after being obtained. However, GPS tracker’s transmit their location to another device that’s displaying them on a map from a different place. They therefore need some way to send that location info to the other device, mobile signal is the only way to do this.

A good way to explain this is you don’t need need a mobile internet connection to take a picture on your phone, but you do need it to send that photo to your family.

Luckily our GPS trackers have a roaming sim card, so they connect to whichever is the strongest network at the time (and aren’t restricted to one network like a normal sim.

Our trackers will also update as soon as they get mobile signal, so if your loved one, pet or valuable enters a signal ‘black spot’, as soon as they’re with signal again it will update.


Which is the best GPS tracker?

The best GPS tracker depends on the needs of the person doing the tracking and the nature of the person or item being tracked. The best GPS tracker for you can be decided by asking whether you want to be notified when the tracker leaves (or enters) a certain area? If so, then you’ll need one with geo-zone capability (explained above. Known as geozones, these preset areas can usually be as small as 100m² and go up to 2km² and are set by the person doing the tracking.

For example our GPS tracking insoles are perfect for someone with Dementia who may forget a traditional tracker, or our small GPS tracker is ideal for objects like vehicles as it’s compact with a long-lasting battery life.


How much will the Best GPS tracker Cost?

The most basic trackers that don’t have geozone technology or 2-way communication are unlikely to have a monthly fee, however these features are necessary for many people or items being tracked. Remember that often with GPS trackers, the more you pay, the more advanced technology and safety features you’ll have access to.

GPS trackers range in price from around £100 to £300 each, with monthly fees varying from around £3 to £30

None of our GPS trackers have contracts and you can cancel payment plans at any time.


What are the different types of GPS tracker?

From tiny to discrete, and waterproof to extra-long battery life, there is a GPS tracker for just about every eventuality. Scroll up for our comparison above to find which is the best GPS tracker for you.


Want additional advice or have questions?

Please feel free to get in touch and one our friendly experts will be more than happy to assist you.

Phone: 03300 10 14 18 // Email: hello@techsilver.co.uk

Ethics of GPS Trackers

It’s important to remember that even after you’ve found the best GPS tracker, you should explain to the individual you’re tracking why you’re doing so and check they’re OK with it, especially if they’re elderly.

If you’re looking for the best GPS tracker for Dementia, then read this article from the Alzheimer’s society on the ethics surrounding it and protecting their dignity.

If you’re looking for other products for people with Dementia, try reading our guide to the best ones

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