Putting the word "perfect" in the name of a product is just asking for trouble. Not that there aren't precedents for this sort of hyperbolic branding. The name of the Ourpets WonderBowl feeder suggests that the product is a wonder or even wonderful, while the name of the Sureflap SureFeed strongly implies that it's "sure" to work. The name of the Mota Perfect Pet Dinner feeder, however, goes much further. It comes right out and says that the product is going to be perfect. That's a lot to live up to.
What the Mota Perfect Pet Dinner promise to do perfectly is to feed your pets dry food from a large hopper at user-programmable intervals. This hardly makes the Mota Perfect Pet Dinner unique within the robotic pet feeder marketplace. In fact, large hopper feeders are by far the largest segment of that marketplace. But the rudimentary combination of analog mechanics and digital intelligence that large hopper feeders require is simple enough that perfection might well be within Mota's grasp.
The row of seven buttons underneath the Mota's LCD display allows the user to set meal times and portion sizes. The built-in microphone lets you record a Pavlovian message that tells your pets when it's time to salivate or at least to run off to the food bowl and chow down. (Whether the recording of your voice will "provide comfort to your pet without you being present" is another issue.)
So how perfect is the Mota Perfect Pet Dinner? Not very, if user reviews are to be believed. There are an especially large number of reviewers who complain that the programmed feeding schedules are unreliable and that the Mota occasionally skips feedings. This may be good if your cat or dog needs to diet, but it certainly keeps the Mota from living up to the hyperbolic "Perfect" in its name.
So far I love this thing. No more having manually feed my dog like a peasant. Set up was incredibly easy and intuitive.
It started skipping meals after a few days. Great features but doesn't function properly.
Bought this to stop horrible animals from vomiting all over the place as they compete with each other. I will give it 4 stars.
I can't believe I wasted my time trying this. I should have listened to the other reviews. Mota should compensate all of us who purchased this for our time.
The great thing about this device is the bowl and food hopper are both completely removable so you can wash them when needed and it is important.
I am returning my unit and ordering another one hoping that I just got the defective one. We'll see if the next one If it doesn't work, I'll be sending it back too.
We were going on an weekend trip and really needed a reliable feeder. I tried for a full week programming it but never once got it to work right.
I just love it.