Fresh Element Solo Automatic Feeder Review UK

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder – Review UK

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder
PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder
Materials and Durability
89
Features
88
Design/Practicalities
89
Value
87
What I Like
Duel power supply (mains & 5x AAA batteries) 
Easy to use smartphone app with notifications
Inovative design with Anti-stuck technology
Can be used for dogs and cats
Schedule meals up to 30 days in advance
What I Don't Like
Batteries not included
88
My Overall Rating
PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Review

If I can’t be at home to see to my pet’s feeding schedule, I like to have the peace of mind that she’ll still get what she needs. When I looked at possible solutions to this, the automatic pet feeder was the obvious choice.

This eliminates the need to rely on friends and neighbours and with so many great options out there, you’re spoiled for choice.

I’ve recently been testing the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder which is one of the most user-friendly examples of this technology I’ve seen to date. What’s more, it’s easy to maintain, reliable and comes with a host of features to make feeding your pet while you’re away a breeze.

In this review, I’ll be discussing what to expect from the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder and giving you some tips on whether this equipment is right for you.

An Introduction To The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Introduction

The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is designed for single animals and has the capacity to provide food for as much as 15 days. I doubt very much that you’d leave your pet for that long but knowing there’s more than enough gives you that important peace of mind.

I’ve been very impressed by the many features of the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder. One thing that really stood out to me was the fact that this is a super hygienic option that’s designed to keep food fresh. That’s thanks to the materials used in its construction as well as how easy it is to take apart and clean. What’s more, with a duo-lock system, there’s zero risk of the food becoming soft and unpalatable.

The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder may be one of the smaller pet feeders on the market but it more than makes up for that in other areas. There’s no risk of food getting stuck thanks to the excellent anti-jamming system and the compatible smartphone app is really easy to get your head around.

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Features Of The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder

While I stand by my earlier statement about the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder being one of the most user-friendly on the market, that doesn’t come at the sacrifice of plentiful features. With high quality materials, various functions and dual power, there’s lots to look forward to when using this device. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect.

Durability and Materials

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Pet Feeder Durability & Materials

One of the first things to really stand out to me when initially looking at the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder was how well made it is. I’ve looked at some pet feeders that aren’t incredibly stable, like the PETLIBRO. But since the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is fitted with floor grips, there’s very little chance of it ever being knocked over.

What’s more, while the tank and feeder itself are made from plastic, it’s still very robust and would take some serious knocking about to crack.

I also love that the bowl is made from 304 stainless steel. This food grade material ensures excellent hygiene, durability and is very easy to clean and maintain. Plus, the lid, the tank, the base and the bowl are all super easy to remove which makes staying on top of cleaning that little bit easier.

Around the underside of the lid, you’ll notice there is a ring seal. This ensures the lid cannot be easily knocked off by a determined cat. So, even when you’re out of the house, you won’t need to worry about coming home to a spill.

In terms of reliability, the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is up there with the best. It’s kitted out with an enhanced impeller for super consistent feeding as well as a wider chute that can handle kibble up to 12 mm. These things coupled together mean that the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder rarely gets clogged up so you can feel confident that your pet’s meal will always be delivered in full and on time.

Smartphone App

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Smartphone App

The great thing about the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is that, even when you’re not at home, you have complete control. That’s because there is a compatible smartphone app which you can download from both GooglePlay and the Apple App Store.

There are loads of features within the app and it’s one of the most comprehensive I’ve seen. There are options to set feeding schedules, check food records, set a meal call, adjust the amount and frequency of the feeds, feeding suggestions based on your pet’s eating habit history and so much more.

It does take a little time to familiarise yourself with all the features but it’s not complex by any stretch of the imagination.

I also love that the app provides you with a range of alerts and notifications so you’ll never miss a beat. These include battery low alerts, food shortage alerts and even a reminder when it’s time to change the desiccant.

One thing I would urge you to consider, however, is that the WiFi relies on a 2.4Ghz connection so if you have a 5Ghz connection, it won’t be compatible.

The Feeder

Coming in at £79.99, the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is far from being the most expensive pet feeder out there. For example, the PETLIBRO feeder costs at least £20 more yet you’re still getting an amazing range of features and an incredibly well made piece of equipment.

Let’s start by looking at the capacity. Now, I won’t beat around the bush, the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder isn’t going to be suitable for more than one pet. It has a capacity of 3 litres which equates to around 1.33 kg of dry or freeze dried food. Plus, it only comes with one bowl.

If you’re looking for something a little larger then I’d recommend the HoneyGuaridian 6L automatic pet feeder which I’ve reviewed here.

The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is incredibly stable yet super lightweight at just 2.07 kg which makes it very easy to move around should you need to. What’s more, it doesn’t have a large footprint so you won’t need to worry about it taking up a lot of space and being an eyesore.

And talking of being an eyesore, I was really pleased to see that the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder comes in a choice of three colours; grey, green and white. While this might be less important than the functionality of the machine, I still like to have something that fits in with the decor and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Features

But let’s also consider how well the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder caters to the individual needs of different pets. For starters, you should keep in mind that, owing to the portion sizes (between 10 and 50 grams), this device is really only suitable for cats. Dogs would require something larger, especially because of the kibble size of 12 mm.

However, there are some great options which allow you to cater to the unique needs of your pet. For example, you can choose to set between 1 and 30 meals per day which can be made up from 1 to 5 portions. For larger pets or those with a greater appetite, you might choose the PETKIT Fresh Element Gemini feeder which allows up to 10 portions per meal and has a larger capacity of 5 litres.

What I really liked about the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder was that you have the option to set different meal schedules for different days. This is not something I’ve seen with other devices so this unique feature really made it stand out from the crowd.

 

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Power

If there’s one thing that people have expressed concern about when talking to me about automatic pet feeders, it’s power. Understandably, many pet owners are worried that their furry friend won’t receive a meal in the event of a power outage but the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder has got you covered.

Primarily, it runs off of mains power but there is space to insert 5 AAA batteries so that, if the power goes out, no meals will be missed. I can’t express how much this puts your mind at ease when you can’t be at home.

However, I should point out that the batteries are not included with the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder so you will need to make sure you order some of these as well.

One major advantage of this feeder that come with a dual power supply is that they offer an extra layer of reliability and convenience which ensures that your pet receives consistent feeding amounts, even if the batteries run out or the power goes out. Overall, an automatic feeder with a dual power supply can be a great investment for pet owners who want to ensure their pets are fed reliably and conveniently.

What’s Included In The Box?

  • 1 x PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder
  • Stainless steel feeding bowl
  • Desiccant box and bags
  • Mains electricity cable

Setting Up The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Setting Up

The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder doesn’t come with a lot of assembly. Out of the box, it’s just a case of placing the bowl and filling up the tank before securing the lid. If you’re looking for something you can get set up in minutes then this is definitely an option worth considering.

Now, I’ve mentioned that the smartphone app is relatively easy to use and this is the case. However, I have noticed some people saying that it does require a little investment in terms of time initially.

But it’s not complicated. It’s the same with any new app you download; there’s a degree of investigation required to get used to the features but everything is straightforward and self-explanatory.

With that in mind, I would recommend having a play around with it and giving yourself time to get used to the features.

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Video Review

To see the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder  in action, take a look at the video below.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Feeds your pet for up to 15 days
  • User Friendly
  • Easy to use smartphone app with notifications
  • Duel power supply (mains & 5x AAA batteries) 
  • Keeps food fresh for up to one month
  • Inovative design with Anti-stuck technology
  • Can be used for dogs and cats
  • Schedule meals up to 30 days in advance
Cons
  • Batteries not included

 

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Pet Feeder User Manual

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Is The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Right For You?

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder Review Conclusion

Keeping everything I have discussed in this review in mind, I would recommend the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder for pet owners with a single cat (potentially a small dog). It’s ideal for people who have busy work schedules and can’t always be at home to tend to their pet’s needs.

If you’re someone that doesn’t want a complicated device then the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is ideal. It’s so user friendly and the app contains everything you need to control the feeder from wherever you are in the world.

However, this isn’t an ideal option if you’re looking to feed more than one animal as the 3 litre capacity just won’t cut it. There are larger models on the market such as the HoneyGuaridan feeder (6 litre) and the WellToBe feeder (4 litre), if you need something a little more substantial.

PETKIT Feeders Comparison Table

PETKIT offers multiple automatic feeders in their range, making it challenging to determine which one is suitable for your pet. To help make the decision easier, I have created a convenient comparison table of the four main models.

PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder - 2.4G Auto Cat Feeder for Dry Food with Stainless Steel Bowl, Work with Alexa, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Backup, Portion Control, 2.8L
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder, 2.4GHz Auto Cat Feeder with App Control 3L, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, 304 Stainless Steel Bowl, Fresh Lock Technology,1-30 Meals/Day Anti-Clog Pet Feeder, White
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with Double Hopper, 5L Automatic Dog Feeder with Stainless Steel Bowl, App Control, 1-10 Meals/Day, 1-30 Servings, Anti-clog, Cat Food Dispenser for Small/Medium/Large Pet
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with 20s Voice Recorder, Stainless Steel, WiFi Enabled Auto Pet Feeder for Dry Food, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Operated, 5-200g/Meal, 1-30 Servings
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder - 2.4G Auto Cat Feeder for Dry Food with Stainless Steel Bowl, Work with Alexa, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Backup, Portion Control, 2.8L
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder, 2.4GHz Auto Cat Feeder with App Control 3L, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, 304 Stainless Steel Bowl, Fresh Lock Technology,1-30 Meals/Day Anti-Clog Pet Feeder, White
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with Double Hopper, 5L Automatic Dog Feeder with Stainless Steel Bowl, App Control, 1-10 Meals/Day, 1-30 Servings, Anti-clog, Cat Food Dispenser for Small/Medium/Large Pet
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with 20s Voice Recorder, Stainless Steel, WiFi Enabled Auto Pet Feeder for Dry Food, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Operated, 5-200g/Meal, 1-30 Servings
Capacity
2.8L
3L
5L
3L/5L
APP Control
Meals Setting
1-10 Meals
1-30 Meals
1-30 meals
1-30 meals
Portion Setting
1-10 Portions
1-5 Portions
1-10 Portions
1-15 Portions
Portion Weight
5 Grams/portion
10 Grams/portion
10 Grams/portion(cat food)
10 Grams/portion
With Stainless Steel Bowl
£99.99
£79.99
£129.99
£127.99
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder - 2.4G Auto Cat Feeder for Dry Food with Stainless Steel Bowl, Work with Alexa, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Backup, Portion Control, 2.8L
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder - 2.4G Auto Cat Feeder for Dry Food with Stainless Steel Bowl, Work with Alexa, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Backup, Portion Control, 2.8L
Capacity
2.8L
APP Control
Meals Setting
1-10 Meals
Portion Setting
1-10 Portions
Portion Weight
5 Grams/portion
With Stainless Steel Bowl
£99.99
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder, 2.4GHz Auto Cat Feeder with App Control 3L, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, 304 Stainless Steel Bowl, Fresh Lock Technology,1-30 Meals/Day Anti-Clog Pet Feeder, White
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder, 2.4GHz Auto Cat Feeder with App Control 3L, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, 304 Stainless Steel Bowl, Fresh Lock Technology,1-30 Meals/Day Anti-Clog Pet Feeder, White
Capacity
3L
APP Control
Meals Setting
1-30 Meals
Portion Setting
1-5 Portions
Portion Weight
10 Grams/portion
With Stainless Steel Bowl
£79.99
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with Double Hopper, 5L Automatic Dog Feeder with Stainless Steel Bowl, App Control, 1-10 Meals/Day, 1-30 Servings, Anti-clog, Cat Food Dispenser for Small/Medium/Large Pet
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with Double Hopper, 5L Automatic Dog Feeder with Stainless Steel Bowl, App Control, 1-10 Meals/Day, 1-30 Servings, Anti-clog, Cat Food Dispenser for Small/Medium/Large Pet
Capacity
5L
APP Control
Meals Setting
1-30 meals
Portion Setting
1-10 Portions
Portion Weight
10 Grams/portion(cat food)
With Stainless Steel Bowl
£129.99
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with 20s Voice Recorder, Stainless Steel, WiFi Enabled Auto Pet Feeder for Dry Food, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Operated, 5-200g/Meal, 1-30 Servings
PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder with 20s Voice Recorder, Stainless Steel, WiFi Enabled Auto Pet Feeder for Dry Food, App Control, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, Battery Operated, 5-200g/Meal, 1-30 Servings
Capacity
3L/5L
APP Control
Meals Setting
1-30 meals
Portion Setting
1-15 Portions
Portion Weight
10 Grams/portion
With Stainless Steel Bowl
£127.99
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Last update on 2024-04-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Conclusion

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Pet Feeder Conclusion

Overall, there isn’t a lot I can fault about the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder. While I did notice a few cons in that it isn’t suitable for more than one animal, it does what it’s designed to do perfectly.

With dual power, an array of meal scheduling options, mobile alerts, and an anti-jamming mechanism, the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder is a reliable way to feed your cat when you can’t be there.

 

 

Where Should I Purchase the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder

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PETKIT Automatic Cat Feeder, 2.4GHz Auto Cat Feeder with App Control 3L, Low Food & Blockage Sensor, 304 Stainless Steel Bowl, Fresh Lock Technology,1-30 Meals/Day Anti-Clog Pet Feeder, White
  • Convenient APP Control and Data Monitor: PETKIT FRESH ELEMENT SOLO automatic feeder for cats and dogs can controls your pet feeding time and amount to be fed from anywhere anytime. You can also look at the feeding records and get notification on the APP. It helps you to keep a check on your pets weight and keep them healthy. Support only 2.4Ghz Network
  • Smart Notifications & Indicators: Your phone will receive notifications and the machine’s indicators also flashes when the food tank is empty, food gets jammed, the battery is low, or has other problems. It is very helpful during days when you are working late or are away from home
  • Customized Feeding Plan: Different with other automatic cat food dispenser, our smart pet food dispenser can customize your cats feeding plan setting for everyday, which means you can set different amount for each meal and each day(10-50g per meal, up to 30 meals a day). This auto cat feeder is also equipped with a manual feeding button to easily reward your pet
  • Freshness in Every Bite: This intelligent pet feeder is compatible with dry food and freeze- dried food(kibble<12mm). The freeze-dried food should be less than 20% of the whole food portion. It is equipped with trio protection which makes sure that the food comes in less contact with air. We suggest you to replace the desiccant pack every 30 days to ensure the food's maximum freshness
  • Dual Power Supply: Coming with a 5V USB adapter, the automatic cat feeder WiFi also can be powered by 5AAA batteries (not included) for backup in case of power failure, ensuring scheduled feeding is uninterrupted. PETKIT cat feeder is got you covered, wherever you are

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At a Glance – Features to Lookout for When Purchasing an Automatic Cat Feeder

Feature Description
Feeding Schedule Look for a feeder that allows you to set a feeding schedule that suits your cat’s needs. Some feeders allow you to dispense up to four meals per day, while others can dispense more or less.
Portion Control Make sure the feeder has adjustable portion control so that you can dispense the right amount of food for your cat’s needs.
Food Type Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see what types of food are compatible with the feeder. Some feeders are designed for dry food only, while others can dispense wet food as well.
Capacity Consider the size of the feeder’s food container and how much food it can hold. This is particularly important if you have multiple cats or will be away from home for an extended period.
Power Source Choose a feeder with a reliable power source, such as batteries or an AC adapter. Some feeders also have a backup battery in case of a power outage.
Ease of Use Look for a feeder that is easy to program and use, with clear instructions and a user-friendly interface.
Durability Choose a feeder that is made from high-quality materials and is built to last.
Cleaning and Maintenance Look for a feeder that is easy to clean and maintain, with removable parts that can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand.
Safety Features Make sure the feeder has safety features to prevent your cat from getting stuck or injured, such as a locking lid or anti-jamming mechanism.
Price Consider your budget when choosing a feeder, but don’t sacrifice quality for price. Look for a feeder that offers good value for money and meets your cat’s needs.

PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder FAQ

How many feeders are in the PETKIT range?

There is a total of 4 models in PETKITS automatic pet feeder range, the Fresh Element Mini, Fresh Element Solo, Fresh Element Gemini and the Fresh Element Infinity.

What is the capacity of the Fresh Element Solo?

This feeder has a capacity of 3 litres.

Do PETKIT offer a feeder with a larger capacity?

Yes, PETKIT Fresh Element Gemini feeder has a larger capacity of 5 litres.

Does the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo have a dual power supply?

Yes, this model has a dual power system, meaning that feeding will never stop due to both the main and battery power supply?

How many batteries are needed?

The PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder requires 5x AAA batteries.

Is the PETKIT Fresh Element Solo Automatic Pet Feeder only battery powered?

This feeder has a dual power supply meaning that is both battery and mains powered.

What is the advantage of the dual power supply?

Dual power supply ensures that the feeder can still dispense food even if there is a mains power outage, due to battery powered capabilities.

 

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