Halo Collar VS SpotOn GPS Fence

SpotOn Virtual fence collar VS. Halo collar
Written by Mark Braeden

There may be many questions on how the SpotOn Dog Collar can be the better smart virtual dog collar or if it is worth the price. We are aware that the SpotOn GPS Fence Dog Collar has a very high price tag, however, but it is the better version overall when compared with the Halo Dog Collar? They may seem quite a bit identical, so let’s figure it out. 

We reckon that the technological advancement that the SpotOn Dog Collar seems to utilize is more superior and accurate than the Halo Dog Collar. Check out below the similarities and differences between the SpotOn Smart Virtual Fence and the Halo Collar. We fully compared these two popular GPS dog fence solutions.

Halo Collar VS SpotOn Collar Features

Virtual Fence

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The Halo Collar only allows for you to create a maximum of 20 virtual fences that requires you to manually select different spots on your property.

The virtual fences of the Halo Collar gets activated all at once when turned on and gets deactivated all at once when turned off. The downside of Halo is that you cannot create virtual fences that have overlapping boundary lines which then limits you choosing areas that you would want to secure for your pup to roam around freely in.

The SpotOn GPS Fence on the other hand features a much more customizable fence and allows for you to create unlimited GPS fences and save up to 10 at a time.

The SpotOn Collar also features overlapping fences which the Halo Collar does not provide. The good point about SpotOn is that it allows for you to activate each fence individually which prevents malfunction of the virtual fences.

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The Halo Collar only allows for you to create a maximum of 20 virtual fences that requires you to manually select different spots on your property.

The virtual fences of the Halo Collar gets activated all at once when turned on and gets deactivated all at once when turned off. The downside of Halo is that you cannot create virtual fences that have overlapping boundary lines which then limits you choosing areas that you would want to secure for your pup to roam around freely in.

SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The SpotOn GPS Fence on the other hand features a much more customizable fence and allows for you to create unlimited GPS fences and save up to 10 at a time.

The SpotOn Collar also features overlapping fences which the Halo Collar does not provide. The good point about SpotOn is that it allows for you to activate each fence individually which prevents malfunction of the virtual fences.

Terrain Types

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The Halo Dog Collar is also integrated with a GPS navigation system which also makes it possible to function well on different terrain types.
The SpotOn Virtual Fence Dog Collar lets you increase the sensitivity settings of its GPS. This simply means that if you stumbled upon an area where there is inconsistency or totally no network coverage at all, such as mountainous areas, woods, etc., you can just activate the Forest Mode feature and let it do a better job of tracking your pup. SpotOn also offers 1,500 GPS fence posts so you can customize your fence, curving around flowerbeds or off-limits areas, and offers a pause feature that lets you pause fence creation to get around an obstacle like thick brush or water without having to walk through it.
Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The Halo Dog Collar is also integrated with a GPS navigation system which also makes it possible to function well on different terrain types.
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The SpotOn Virtual Fence Dog Collar lets you increase the sensitivity settings of its GPS. This simply means that if you stumbled upon an area where there is inconsistency or totally no network coverage at all, such as mountainous areas, woods, etc., you can just activate the Forest Mode feature and let it do a better job of tracking your pup. SpotOn also offers 1,500 GPS fence posts so you can customize your fence, curving around flowerbeds or off-limits areas, and offers a pause feature that lets you pause fence creation to get around an obstacle like thick brush or water without having to walk through it.

Training

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
Halo provides multitude training materials only if you are subscribed to one of their plans ($29.99 per month); they provide one plan/21 days.
SpotOn, on the other hand, already offers a training program for free that is already a part of its features upon purchase. You also get to experience one-on-one 30-minute customized training sessions with one of their certified expert dog trainers; they offer three plans/14+ days.
Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
Halo provides multitude training materials only if you are subscribed to one of their plans ($29.99 per month); they provide one plan/21 days.
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn, on the other hand, already offers a training program for free that is already a part of its features upon purchase. You also get to experience one-on-one 30-minute customized training sessions with one of their certified expert dog trainers; they offer three plans/14+ days.

GPS Accuracy

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The Halo Collar utilizes multiple satellite constellations which makes its accuracy very reliable.

The antenna of Halo Collar is positioned in front of the dog therefore the dog’s head blocking the view of signals to the sky.

Halo sends location updates every 15 seconds which is already good in tracking your dog’s location accurately.

The SpotOn GPS Fence Dog Collar uses patented True Location™ GPS technology, a highly technological advancement that makes its GPS incredibly accurate. It connects to four-point satellite navigation systems simultaneously (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou) which means that the SpotOn Fence is constantly connected with 25-30 satellites at all times, making it more accurate in pinpointing your dog’s location to within 10 feet.

The GPS antenna of SpotOn is strategically placed at the back of your dog’s neck which helps in its accuracy as there are no obstructions that can hinder the view of the satellites.

SpotOn sends location updates every six seconds which proves its tracking accuracy.

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The Halo Collar utilizes multiple satellite constellations which makes its accuracy very reliable.

The antenna of Halo Collar is positioned in front of the dog therefore the dog’s head blocking the view of signals to the sky.

Halo sends location updates every 15 seconds which is already good in tracking your dog’s location accurately.

SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The SpotOn GPS Fence Dog Collar uses patented True Location™ GPS technology, a highly technological advancement that makes its GPS incredibly accurate. It connects to four-point satellite navigation systems simultaneously (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou) which means that the SpotOn Fence is constantly connected with 25-30 satellites at all times, making it more accurate in pinpointing your dog’s location to within 10 feet.

The GPS antenna of SpotOn is strategically placed at the back of your dog’s neck which helps in its accuracy as there are no obstructions that can hinder the view of the satellites.

SpotOn sends location updates every six seconds which proves its tracking accuracy.

Battery

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The battery life of Halo Collar can only last between 12 to 14 hours.
The battery life of SpotOn Collar lasts about 18 hours.
Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The battery life of Halo Collar can only last between 12 to 14 hours.
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The battery life of SpotOn Collar lasts about 18 hours.

Cellular Connectivity

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The Halo collar requires an LTE cellular package that can sometimes reach up to around $29.99 per month for the device to work. The advantage of this subscription is that it gives you access to different training materials that can help you discipline your dogs.

The SpotOn GPS Fence Dog Collar requires cellular coverage for its tracking feature to work, however, fences will work without a subscription. You are not required to have or purchase a cellular plan as they offer an option for you to enable the cellular function for the SpotOn Collar that then lets you track the location of your dog directly from your smartphone. SpotOn is available in Verizon or AT&T and uses 4G LTE-M technology

The great advantage about this is that they offer the 90 days free, and plans start at $5.95 a month thereafter.

Another good point about the SpotOn Collar is not only that they also feature a free training program but they also offer one-on-one sessions with one of SpotOn’s certified dog trainers which provides a more personalized treatment for your dogs upon purchase.

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
The Halo collar requires an LTE cellular package that can sometimes reach up to around $29.99 per month for the device to work. The advantage of this subscription is that it gives you access to different training materials that can help you discipline your dogs.
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design

The SpotOn GPS Fence Dog Collar requires cellular coverage for its tracking feature to work, however, fences will work without a subscription. You are not required to have or purchase a cellular plan as they offer an option for you to enable the cellular function for the SpotOn Collar that then lets you track the location of your dog directly from your smartphone. SpotOn is available in Verizon or AT&T and uses 4G LTE-M technology

The great advantage about this is that they offer the 90 days free, and plans start at $5.95 a month thereafter.

Another good point about the SpotOn Collar is not only that they also feature a free training program but they also offer one-on-one sessions with one of SpotOn’s certified dog trainers which provides a more personalized treatment for your dogs upon purchase.

Subscription Price

Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
As previously stated, the Halo Collar requires a $29.99 subscription fee per month for its LTE services plan.
As mentioned earlier, SpotOn GPS Fence offers 90 days free and plans start at $5.95 a month. Plans are optional and only needed if you want to track your dog.
Halo Collar
Halo collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
As previously stated, the Halo Collar requires a $29.99 subscription fee per month for its LTE services plan.
SpotOn Virtual Fence
SpotOn collar with dog GPS tracking feature design
As mentioned earlier, SpotOn GPS Fence offers 90 days free and plans start at $5.95 a month. Plans are optional and only needed if you want to track your dog.

The Winner: SpotOn

Halo Collar can give you a better advantage based on its price which is much lower than that of the SpotOn GPS Fence Collar, however, SpotOn Collar provides better technology… Does it worth overpaying over $600? You decide, but I am currently happy with my Halo collar. 

Furthermore, based on our thorough research, the SpotOn Dog Collar utilizes a much more advanced technology than what the Halo Collar offers. One of which is the four satellite navigation system which is constantly in communication between the SpotOn device and the four-constellation system of satellites: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou. The Halo Collar also uses multiple constellation navigation systems, however, the position of the antenna in the collar makes it so that the signal strength and communication between the satellites and the dog collar is inaccurate at times, but it happened really rare to me. The SpotOn Collar gives you a better advantage over the Halo Collar with regards to the positioning of the SpotOn antenna, which is strategically placed on top of your dog’s neck. 

SpotOn also offers overlapping fences which is important if you need a fence for your entire property and one for just your backyard.

One last advantage we definitely trust about the SpotOn GPS Fence Dog Collar is that it sends location updates every 6 seconds which makes it more accurate than the Halo Dog Collar which only sends location updates every 15 seconds… but again, does it worth overpaying over $600? It’s up to you!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you found this comparison helpful and decided on buying SpotOn, I would highly appreciate if you use my referral link for purchasing (or this link if you decide on Halo). I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. It will keep me motivated to buy expensive dog gadgets, properly test them and provide unbiased reviews.

Due to COVID-19 shipment delays and the global crisis of electronic parts, SpotOn and Halo might not be in stock. If you see it available and decide on purchasing one, I would recommend to buy it as soon as you can.

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About the author

Mark Braeden

Mark is the dog breeder for 17 years. Mark also has 4 dogs: Alaskan Malamute, Clumber Spaniel, Irish Terrier and Mutt. Mark also into latest technologies and he is trying all the latest dog gadgets & technologies on the market and sharing his experience.

3 Comments

  • Mark,
    First, I would like to thank you for all the information which I found extremely informative and helpful.

    I do have some additional questions and have tried to contact SpotOn through email but haven’t heard back from them. I am hoping you might know the answers to my questions.

    I have 2 dogs – 13 week Airedale with a 10 1/2 neck and 18 week cavapoo with a 9 1/2 neck ( I am measuring their collars which have a 2 finger gap to get their neck size.

    While both of my dogs are still puppies, my Cavapoo will not get much bigger. Does either system have small enough collars for my Cavapoo? My last question is since my Airedale is still growing, how adjustable are the collars and what size would you recommend getting.

  • All carriers seem to be eliminating 2G and 3G by end of year 2022. If the Spot On collar only has 2G/3G capability (I assume Halo is the same), wouldn’t the collars become bricked as far as cellular tracking at that point? If so, $1500 for a little over 1 year of service is indeed very steep.

  • Spot on will graciously allow you to upgrade for 500 a collar more to be on 4G. We have had the collars for 18 months and they have had to send them in twice for warranty work. When it works it is great but we spend as much time upgrading and resetting the maps as we do allowing the dogs to be lose on our property.

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