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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

GPS tracking watch for elderly

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 ✓

£99.95

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

gps necklace

An compact and versatile tracker with accurate locations on a FREE app, long-lasting battery and alerts when they leave a safe area. Available to be worn as a pendant, key-ring or a jewellery necklace.

  • Safezone Alerts ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Smartphone Tracking App ✓
  • 2-5 Day Battery Life ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • Water- Resistant (IP54) ✓
  • Monthly Fee ✓
  • Network: 2g ✓

£99.95

satellite gps tracker

Most GPS trackers require mobile phone signal to work, causing problems for those in rural/remote areas. This Satellite Tracker does not, so works anywhere in the world, can be tracked on computer or smartphone and can alert you when it moves location.

  • Works Globally in Remote Areas ✓
  • Safezone Alerts  ✓
  • Fully Waterproof ✓
  • Up to 4 Month Battery Life ✓
  • Network: Satellites ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ×
  • Smartphone Tracking App ×

£149.95

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

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 ✓
  • Works in UK, EU, US + More ✓
  • Monthly Fee ×
  • Safezone Alerts ×
  • 2-Way Communication ×

£139.95

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.

Important Consideration When looking For The Best GPS Tracker

It’s a common misconception that GPS trackers only use satellites, but that’s not entirely true.

GPS Trackers also require mobile signal (just like a mobile phone) to transmit the location to you.

 

So in basic terms, what’s the GPS tracking process?

  1. Your GPS tracker sends a request for its location to satellites orbiting earth
  2. The satellites beam back down the location information to the GPS tracker device
  3. The GPS tracker uses mobile signal to send that location data to a tracking app or website.

 

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.

 

Why does a GPS tracker using mobile signal effect which one I buy?

Bare in mind that if you’re planning to track someone in remote areas or places with no mobile signal, you’ll need a much more advanced device like our satellite GPS tracker (that doesn’t need mobile signal).


How accurate is a GPS tracker?

 

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

 

The accuracy of a GPS tracker can vary depending on various factors…

 

How the location was obtained…

 

GPS trackers don’t always use GPS to get their location, there’s often other technology used to improve accuracy or when others aren’t available.

 

GPS (Global Positioning System): This is the most common and most accurate (usually 3-30m), however a clear view of the sky is needed for GPS.

 

So when indoors or without a clear view of the sky, GPS trackers often revert to…

 

LBS (Local Base Station): When GPS cannot be obtained, LBS uses nearby mobile masts to obtain a location. This is much less accurate than GPS (between 50-1000m). Tracks also usually tell you when the location has been obtained via LBS.

 

Don’t panic though, many GPS trackers have smart ways of being more accurate when they can’t see the sky

 

Bluetooth: If the tracker is within bluetooth range (around 10m) of your smartphone or a home hub, then it improves accuracy as it knows you’re nearby.

 

Wi-Fi: Without the need for passwords, GPS trackers can use nearby Wi-Fi signals to triangulate a more accurate location indoors.

 

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.


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 gps 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.


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 or person has disappeared from where they should be.

 

Many people then ask How can I be alerted when the tracker has left a certain area‘?

 

A geofence, geozone 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 tracking website.

 

This can be ideal for dementia wandering (letting you know when they’ve left a safe area). Important as otherwise they could be missing for hours before raising the alarm.

 

Child tracking, letting you know when they’re near somewhere or something dangerous, like a lake or railway line.

 

Valuable or car tracking, helping you track down stolen or missing items quickly after they go missing.

 

Here’s a screenshot of a geofence from our Advanced GPS Watch’s tracking website

best-gps-tracker-geofence

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.

 

So which are the best GPS trackers with geofence / safe zone functionality?

 

 

 

 


How long does the battery last on a GPS tracker?

 

Short answer: Battery life of the best GPS trackers can be from 24hrs to months (sorry I know that’s not very helpful)

 

In the same way how long your smartphone lasts depends on how much (and in which way) you use it, and your fuel tank depends on how far and fast you drive…

 

Battery life of GPS trackers depends on many factors and what it’s designed for.

 

The main factor that effects a GPS tracker’s battery life is how often it’s location updates

 

The more frequent the updates, the quicker the battery will be used up

 

So picking the best GPS tracker is essentially a trade off between frequent updates and a long-lasting battery life

 

Example 1: A GPS tracker that has a battery which lasts months, but only updates it’s location every 6 hours.

This might be ideal for checking your caravan is where it should be, but would be awful if your child went missing and you were trying to locate them.

 

Example 2: A GPS Tracker that updates every 10 seconds, would be great for locating a loved one with dementia, but tracking your boat with it would mean recharging every 1-2 days (not ideal).

 

So how do the Best GPS Tracker’s get around this problem?

As this trade-off is clearly not ideal for many users, lots of GPS trackers have a ‘sleep’ functionality.

 

This often means when the GPS tracker has not physically moved for a set period (like 10 mins) or has not changed GPS location for a while.

 

When in a ‘sleeping’ mode, trackers then either don’t update their location, or update at a less frequent rate (set by you)

 

Great, so what’s the catch?

 

The issue with this is…

A) Whenever the product is moving, it’s updating frequently (so if it was around someone’s neck, it would rarely go in to ‘sleeping’ mode)

B) You can’t change the update frequency ‘on the fly’, meaning you have to wait till the tracker is at the end of the update cycle or physically plug it in to change it.

 

However, after years of searching…

 

We found a device where you can change the update frequency at any time!

 

An example: You could set it to update only every hour (saving battery), then if they went missing, change it to update every 60 seconds from your app remotely. This would save battery, but mean you could be close behind if they were to get lost.

 

Our GPS Necklace / Key Ring Tracker has the feature.

 

Which of the Best GPS Trackers have the LONGEST Battery life?

  • This Satellite (remote area) GPS Tracker has a battery life that can last months (even 20+ days whilst updating every 5 mins) as it runs of regular batteries, however it’s got a more expensive data plan, so not ideal for tight budgets.

 

  • This Small GPS Tracker uses the sleep function mentioned above so can last a long time, whilst being better suited to a lower budget, however it’s very basic in terms of features and can be less accurate than others indoors.

 

Which of the Best GPS Trackers have the MOST FREQUENT location updates?

  • This Mini GPS Tracker can update as often as every 10 seconds and works in over 140 countries worldwide!

 

  • This GPS Necklace / Key Ring updates from every 60m seconds, to every hour. Great if you want battery life and frequent updates!

 


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.


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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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