This early in the year, we aim to answer some dog lover’s biggest and most important question, which types of automatic dog ball launchers in the market today? There are many types of them:
- Fetch machines
For dog lover’s consideration, we reviewed, tested and compiled the list of the best automatic ball launchers for dogs out and available in the market in 2021.
Best Reviewed Dog Ball Launchers in 2021
Before we start with the details, remember that all of the items included here where reviewed and we have had first-hand experience with the best dog ball launchers included here. So if you have a particular automatic dog ball thrower favourite which is not included here, chances are we have not had any interaction with it that is why we can’t include it in our list. Also, some items which are very fast-moving do not have prices listed for them because they tend to vary depending on availability and rarity.
Also, please take note that we have considered the price, recommended size for dogs that would use it, the basic features and what type of auto dog ball launcher is it in our review. We also made our qualification as to what type the particular item is. You might also find that we also looked into the comments and reviews of other users in the market as their experiences might be different from ours, especially from a safety and interaction perspectives so do not be surprised if you find those stories here.
iFetch: Automatic Fetch Machine for Dogs
We start our list of automatic dog ball throwers with the iFetch. This fetch machine is the most popular choice among dog owners.
Since it is interactive the dogs can be trained to operate the iFetch auto dog ball thrower. You just need to set up the adjustable settings for distance like 10 feet, 20 feet or if you are outdoors, even as far as 30 feet.
This is perfect for small dogs or medium size dog if you want to train them on their dexterity. If you have a bigger dog, then you can get the larger version of the iFetch. It is basically an automatic ball thrower for big dogs.
They both come with three mini balls, you can also use slightly larger or regular balls but they can cause performance issues. It is very easy to use just teach your dogs to drop the mini balls on the receiver end of the iFetch Interactive Dog Ball Launcher and watch them drop, fetch, and repeat all day. Some owners even resort to hiding the iFetch because their dogs just will not stop playing fetch. Just check this video how Husky is playing with iFetch.
What I love about the iFetch is not necessarily in the product but with the makers, iFetch is a family operated company owned and managed by the Hamill family out of Austin, Texas.
We just love supporting startups and family-owned business selling family invented products because it gives a healthier sense of competition and ownership all around. Read our full review for iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher.
PetSafe Automatic Ball Shooter For Dogs
This one is also from a company that we dog lovers and pet lovers have come to trust. This is also an electric tennis ball launcher for dogs and just like the iFetch Machine, dogs can also be trained to use this fetch machine by themselves which makes PetSafe one of the best auto dog ball throwers on the market.
The throwing distance is not that far compared to others in here but indoors and doors the 8 feet to 30 feet distance is quite big. What the PetSafe device lacks in throwing strength it more than makes up for in versatility by having nine different distance settings combined with six different angle settings making more than 50 possible different combinations.
Another cool feature of the PetSafe automatic fetch machine is its rest feature, owners of automatic tennis ball thrower for dogs would usually hide the machine to give their dogs a time to rest in between plays, but with the PetSafe’s rest feature, you can factor in rest period in between playtime for pets.
Paws and Pals Automatic Dog Ball Launcher
Next on our list is the Paws and Pals which is an electric tennis ball launcher for dogs. This one is particularly popular with dog owners making its stock life in stores very, very short. It is very interactive and is an electric-powered & automated dog ball shooter for dogs that can throw mini-tennis balls to a distance of 30 feet. It is great for indoor use because you can also adjust the throwing distance from 30 feet down to 20 feet, and even 10 feet.
The Paws and Pals Automatic comes with three non-abrasive and pet-friendly mini tennis balls which are two inches smaller than regular tennis balls, and is battery operated or can use with the charging cord that comes with it.
You have to be careful though, because of the mini tennis balls that the Paws and Pals device uses, it is now recommended for bigger dogs because they might swallow the smaller balls during too much play. The makers and owners of the system recommend that it shall only be used with small to medium size dogs.
The Paws and Pals Machine also comes with a treat compartment and is compatible with dog balls that can hold treats inside of them for even better playtime.
Gotcha Talking Dog Fetch Toy
The Gotcha Talking Dog Fetch Toy can easily be one of the best automatic dog ball launchers in the market today or it can just as easily be the most annoying one here because of its talking feature. Some humans, my niece, in particular, hates the talking feature but my dog seems to love it.
What I and my dogs love about the Gotcha Talking Dog Fetch Toy is dogs can spend hours on the thing by themselves because it is so interactive you can train your dogs to operate it by themselves. It is an electronic fetch machine that they can use without your supervision. This is especially great if you have small, hyperactive, play motivated dogs that can drain the energy out of you with their playfulness.
Keep in mind though that the Gotcha Talking electric ball thrower for dogs is much like the Paws and Pals ones. They are both automated dog ball launchers, they both come with three mini tennis balls, people love them that they do not last long in the shelf and have the tendency to run out of stock and they are both recommended only for small dogs to medium size dogs. With the Gotcha Talking Dog Fetch Toy putting emphasis on small dogs to very small dogs only.
Playball AutoFetching Dog Toy for Small Dogs
The Playball Automatic Ball Launcher and Thrower is designed specifically for small dogs and is not recommended by the manufacturers for bigger and even medium size dogs. This is mainly because its smooth, saliva resistant fetch balls are small at just about 1.5 inches in diameter might present a problem to bigger dogs.
The Playball device has three distance setting and can be operated outdoors using batteries.
Generally, the Playball machine is a great device but it is built for almost the perfect world.
There have been issues of balls getting stuck inside the machine if the Playball is loaded meaning you have an over-eager dog, or when a ball is loaded when it is not turned on.
iDogmate Small Dog Ball Launcher
We’re going slightly techier now with the iDogmate because not only is it an automatic ball launcher for small dogs is also comes with its own remote.
The iDogmate also comes in a rectangular, boxy design to deter over-excited dogs from turning it over and it comes with three custom size balls.
The iDogmate automatic tennis ball thrower for dogs is made specifically for small dogs, the makers do not recommend it for medium and big dogs. As you can see from the name its clear that it is a ball thrower for small dogs. The makers, however, would like to recommend “iDogmate Big” automatic ball launcher for large dogs that might want in on the fetching fun.
Its auto-cycling can load multiple balls and throw them one at a time and also a great feature is that it does not get stuck very easily.
It is a cheap automated electric ball thrower for dogs compared to other automatic tennis ball thrower for dogs out in the market today and its iDogmate Big is one for the better options for an electric ball thrower for large dogs. Read our review for iDogmate Ball Launcher.
|Amazon Reviews||3.5 out of 5
|Technobark Review||9.2 out of 10|
|Main Features||Designed specifically for small dogs|
|Price||CHECK AT AMAZON|
Karmas Product Interactive Dog Ball Shooter
Karmas Product is one of the more interesting automatic dogs thrower machines when it comes to their marketing and positioning. It seems that they have come up with two different product depending on your choice. First, it’s just the basic Karmas Product Interactive Ball Launcher for about $70-80 (price may range), but you can also add the remote control and the price also goes up to $100.
It runs on batteries or a third party AC adaptor and also comes with three non-abrasive, pet safe balls.
The Karmas Product also has three adjustable settings from 10 feet, 20 feet, and 30 feet. It is specifically designed for small and medium-sized dogs, with no other option for large dogs.
All for Paws Interactive Automatic Ball Launcher
This is definitely one of the cutest and most interactive dog toy in the world. The product is very handy but can do wonders to make your dogs active. Around only 10×8 inches, the distance of this ball launcher can be adjusted depending on the size of your space and the distance your dogs want to play. It has 3 adjustable distances, which are 3 meters, 6 meters and 9 meters, which is why this automatic ball launcher is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. While the distance can be controlled manually through a handy switch on the back part of the device, you could adjust it by using a remote control even if you are far away from the ball thrower. With this toy craze using about 5 centimeter ball in diameter, the size is perfect for you not to worry that your dog might swallow the ball, but small enough for a dog’s bite. All your dog has to do is to put the ball back to the ball hopper of the launcher and the device will automatically throw the ball once again for another throw, with an option to reward your dog with some treats in the dog food packet from the device that automatically dispenses whenever the ball is brought back. Its battery is also rechargeable so this electronic thrower is a no-hassle to be brought even in parks or other places with no source of electric power.
Franklin Pet Supply “Ready Set Fetch” Automatic Tennis Ball Launcher
Need a bigger automatic dog launcher for your aggressive dogs? Then this ball thrower might be the right one for your best pal. Around 12 by 14 inches in size, this interactive ball launcher can be adjusted in three different angles from low, medium and high with its adjustable front leg, for added flexibility for more active dog trainings that would require a lot of jumping and running while its distance can also be adjusted in feet through its adjustable motor dial from 10 to up to 40 feet afar. It boasts its large ball hopper with about 6.5cm in diameter. While its 8 D alkaline batteries are not included in the purchase, this rechargeable device has a charger adaptor that could also be useful for parks and places with no power outlets. An optional safety sound feature when the ball is preparing to fire that alerts your dog when the ball is about to be launched can also be turned on or off so you do not need to worry about your furry friend. While this already includes a fetching ball, any kind of standard non-abrasive tennis ball in the market could perfectly be used in this ball thrower. It must be noted that wet balls may affect the launcher’s performance.
The M.E.R.A. Tennis Ball Toy Launcher is basically the newer version of the Hyper Pet k9 Kannon. It looks the same and more or less operates the same way. Cock, load, shoot, wait for the dog to fetch the ball, when the ball is at your feet, cock, load, and repeat.
The difference is it has a more robust design. It feels a more weighty and heavy-duty in the hands and has a cool sling that comes along with it. The M.E.R.A. tennis ball shooter for dogs has an adjustable distance base on how far you cock back the charging rod at the back, it is unspecified though in terms of distance and strength.
It is fairly new and we have had limited interactions with it, basically, it made it this list because it operates exactly like a Hyper Pet K9 Kannon and it’s much more solid and better built.
This auto ball thrower is great for all types and size of dogs, but it would really be great for medium to bigger size dogs because of the ball size.
|Amazon Reviews||4.8 out of 5
|Technobark Review||9.9 out of 10|
|Main Features||Robust design|
|Price||CHECK AT AMAZON|
Nerf Dog vp6880 Dog Tennis Ball Blaster
If it is not the best automati dog ball launcher in this list, then the Nerf Dog vp6880 definitely has the coolest name. Just like the other two that came before it on this list, the Nerf Dog vp6880 is obviously a blaster type ball launcher and when it says it can blast, boy can it blast.
It can launch a tennis ball a solid 50 feet away and comes in two different sizes. If you have a smaller dog, get the 16 inches Nerf Dog vp6880 Tennis Ball Blaster for $23.93 and for medium to bigger size dogs, you can get the full-size inches Nerf Dog vp6880 Blaster for $34.99.
You can use regular size tennis balls for this, but it comes with its own ball, plus it is compatible with other Nerf squeaky balls out in the market today. I suggest you get the regular tennis balls because there has been a lot of online complains that the Nerf balls and the balls that come with the Nerf Dog vp6880 Blaster is not durable and comes apart easily especially if you have an aggressive dog.
Hyper Dog 1
This one is for the old heads. The Hyper Pet 1 is a no-nonsense auto ball shooter for big dogs. It is the sling type launcher in this list, but it is also the only one with a five out of a five-star review on Amazon that is included here.
No nonsense because it is easy to operate, highly effective, and launch a tennis ball fairly long. It operates just like a sling and is made of high-quality steel materials.
We came across the Hyper Pet 1 during one of our park jaunts with our dog. It was being used by an army veteran who has nerve problems with his throwing arm. He uses his Hyper Pet 1 to play with his emotional support dog who he says is a ball of bound energy waiting to be released. He said that before the Hyper Pet 1 came along, he would usually struggle to play fetch with his emotional support dog and he would have a hard time because they both come out frustrated after their playtime.
Aside from the great and easy to use the feature, and aside from being the only five star ranked item in this list, the Hyper Pet 1 is also the cheapest and most reliable here.
|Amazon Reviews||3.8 out of 5
|Technobark Review||9.4 out of 10|
|Main Features||No-nonsense ball launcher for big dogs|
|Price||CHECK AT AMAZON|
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Hyper Dog K9 Kannon K2 Dog Ball Thrower
Next is another item from Hyper Pet, the same maker of the Hyper Pet 1. Presenting his classier and more updated and hip brother, the Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2 Ball Thrower.
Unlike the Hyper Pet 1 which is a sling-type dog ball launcher, the Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2 is made out of high impact plastic and is a blaster type of automatic ball throwers for dogs. Meaning that it kinda looks like one of those space blasters that you see in cartoons.
It is recommended for small, medium and large size dogs. It comes in two sizes, the full-size Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2 dog ball thrower, and the mini K9 Kannon. Just buy the bigger one if you have big dogs and the mini for smaller dogs.
Works fairly easy you just pull back on the handle, load the ball, and pull the trigger. One of the best parts of the Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2 is you can load the ball directly on the muzzle of the blaster by just pressing on the ball while it is on the ground. You do not have to deal with all the slobber and dirt that comes playing fetch with a slobbering dog.
|Amazon Reviews||4.0 out of 5
|Technobark Review||9.5 out of 10|
|Main Features||Blaster type|
|Price||CHECK AT AMAZON|
My Personal Pick
We can’t really call a grand winner of the best tennis dog ball launcher for dogs on this list. There’s just too much going on and the diversity is too great.
But here’s a takeaway when picking your choice of dog ball launchers, identify your needs first and go from there. Do you have a big dog, medium dog or small dog? You can start from there and eliminate from this list.
Second, ask yourself do you want a sling? An arm type? Blaster type or an automated one?
But if push comes to shove and I was forced to pick a favourite? Three interactive ball launchers comes to mind. The Hyper Pet 1, the iFetch Machine, and the Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2.
Again, I said “favourite” not necessarily the best in the bunch. Let me explain my picks.
First, I had to go to with the godfather, the Hyper Pet 1 the no-nonsense design, classic sleek metal look and just the sheer simplicity of the operation did it for me. It must be my favourite out of all the designs in here. It reminded me of my slingshot, and that plus the ability to enjoy the game with my dog using simple physics was an easy sell. The price point was also a big help.
I chose the iFetch Machine to represent the interactive ball shooters here because it is the safe choice, it had the option for the bigger model if you have bigger dogs and it caters to the smaller dogs as well. Plus, as I mentioned I just love the idea of supporting small family owned startups who have great and effective products that can truly produce great results. Their customer service is great, the guarantee they offer is amazing. What else can I say?
Last, I had to go with the Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2 Ball Launcher, it was a close battle with the M.E.R.A. Tennis Ball Toy Launcher but the latter just lacked the necessary reviews and my limited interactions with it made it felt that it would be dishonest to promote it over such a small time of using it. The Hyper Pet K9 Kannon K2, on the other hand, worked as advertised, it was fun if you wanted to send your dog on a fun, frenzied game of fetch.
To boil it all down, all the items on this list are just enhancers to the age-old game between man and his four-legged best friend which is fetch.
At the end of the day what’s important is you and your dog enjoyed your time together. Check more amazing dog devices and reviews on our website.
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