Review: Zoomer Dog, Finally A Robotic Pet Who Feels Less Like a Robot And More Like A Pet

by nessel on August 5, 2013

Zoomer Interactive Pet

I like robots.  What is not to like about a robot who sweeps up your floors?  I also like dogs – you can’t go wrong with man’s best friend.  The thing is, I have not been a big fan of the merger of the two – robotic dogs.  Dogs are playful, willful and surprising and robots are, well, exactly not that.  The various robotic toy dogs we have tested and have felt much more like robots than pets.

Zoomer Is Putting The Pet in Robotic Pets

We are happy to report that the robotic pet market is about to get more playful.  Zoomer is the new Interactive Robotic Pet from Spin Master.  We could try to explain Zoomer, but Zoomer is just one of those toys you need to see to understand…

Please watch our video review of Zoomer, The Interactive Pet -

Zoomer Is Not Perfect, And That Is A Good Thing

Normally if you have a toy that does not always respond to your commands and is hard to control, that is a bad thing.  However, since Zoomer is supposed to behave like a pet, it actually makes sense that he does not always follows your commands.  It takes some work to “train” Zoomer and get him to respond to your commands, but as the video shows, even if Zoomer is not always listening, he is moving around, acting like a dog and making the kids smile.

There Is More To Zoomer Than Meets The Eye

Out of the box, here are the key features for Zoomer:

  • The more you play with him, the more tricks he will learn
  • Flexible tail for real wagging action
  • Rotational core allows him to fully roll over
  • LED eyes with blinking and tracking capabilities
  • Voice command receiver for intuitive play
  • Chest sensors track objects and know when you’re scratching his belly
  • Easy trick button shows you a sneak peek at Zoomer’s tricks
  • Charges Via USB Cable
  • Trilingual – understands English, Spanish and French

While all of the above features are cool, it also appears that there will be a number of ways to get more out of Zoomer.  A Zoomer iOS and Android App should allow kids to interactive and play with Zoomer in new ways.  In addition, the Zoomer Pup page has tips and tricks on how to get the most our of Zoomer.  It seems like only a matter of time before people start to discover undocumented tricks that Zoomer can do.

If A Dog Is Going To Pee In Your House, You Better Hope It Is Zoomer

There is a lot that kids will love about Zoomer, but being able to make Zoomer pee on command, that brings kiddy fun to a whole new level!  In testing, it was a real challenge for anyone to get the full command – “Zoomer, Go Pee” out without breaking up into laughter.   The folks behind Zoomer have really created a fun, silly  and full of personality pet.  The LED eyes on Zoomer are fantastic and add a great deal of personality to the pup.  Say “I Love You” to Zoomer and his eyes turn into hearts.

Conclusion:  Zoomer May Not Be A Real Dog, But He Will Bring Smiles To Your Children

The tag line for Zoomer is “Your Real Best Friend“.  I don’t think anyone is going to mistake Zoomer for a real dog, but he will make a fun friend for your kids.  Zoomer doesn’t always get the voice commands you give him, especially if you play with him in a noisy environment, but because he moves and acts like a puppy, it is easy to forgive his errors in listening.  Zoomer has a quirky and fun personality that should keep the kids smiling and playing…and maybe buy you a few months before they start chanting “we want a dog” again.

More Information:

Zoomer The Robotic Pet From Spin Master Will Retail For $99, Ages 5+

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  • Mary

    The trilingual feature is enough for me to try it — what a unique way to get the kids to practice their Spanish and French (and English, too, of course….)

  • jonathan

    Zoomer is awesome id love to get it make some more vids about zoomer

  • Nicky

    Cooool gonna get 1 so who care I’m a adult

  • Nikky

    Cool, can’t wait for the kids to stroke his belly oww, so cute

  • Sarah

    You can also get a purple Zoomer – but we don’t really like it :/ Prefer the black and white version although there is also one with a hoody that is ok.

  • DoctorMikeReddy

    Sadly, my daughter’s Zoomer died after 15 minutes! As I design robots and teach electronic toy development at university, I feel confident enough to say that my 6 year old treated the dog very carefully. Yet it got stuck forcing its rear end to the right, as if it thought it was on its side, with much clicking and grinding of gears. It has gone back for a refund. If a robot can break despite careful treatment, it does not bode well for the design or its longevity. :-(

    • http://www.daddoes.com Dan Dad Does

      Thanks for the comment, but so sorry to hear about the poor performance. We have not had any issues with our Zoomer and the kids can get pretty rough with him. Still, appreciate your feedback, always helpful to hear from our readers.

  • Destiny Guess

    How long does it take to train zoomer one trick

    • http://www.daddoes.com Dan Dad Does

      Hi, thanks for the comment. Just a few minutes. Zoomer already has all the command programmed in, it just take a little practice to say them right and have him understand. Within a few minutes you will have Zoomer doing a few of his tricks!

      • claire b

        We have had him a few weeks and recently he just doesn’t do a thing we ask him to. He doesn’t always register x in eyes but either does nothing or some other trick.

        • Zoomer

          Bought zoomed he did a few commands first time after that he didn’t do any commands at all. Call company to see if there was something we could do, we reset him. But still zoomer did his own thing. Took him back to store for refund, because they didn’t have anymore zoomers. Called another store and they said they have discontinued carrying him probably due to holiday? Not sure but that was target. So now I really want to know if I buy him from somewhere else is he really gonna work or should I just get her something else that does work like its suppose too. Spent a lot of time training him and he is a cutie, but my daughters want wanted him to do commands

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  • moussaif said

    I think the zoomer robot dog is the best

  • Tracy McCurdy

    Baught a zoomer for our daughter and it now after playing with it twice doesnt charge and one turned on he flips over back and for then all.he does is run. He never stops and when you thouch his hed he still runs nothing else any suggestions for this santa? Tracy

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  • Beth

    Just looking at them for the first time…..looking at zoomer 2.0. Can anyone tell me what the differences are in each dog or are they all the same? I was looking at the Dalmatian and Bentley. There is a difference in price as well and not sure why if they do the same thing? Thanks

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