Both are popular wireless pet containment systems from PetSafe, so we thought we’d do a PetSafe Stay and Play vs Free To Roam Comparison.
We’ve listed the main differences and similarities between the two, as well as considering which one might be best for different owners and dogs.
We’ve also linked you to individual reviews for each system in case you want to read more about either of them.
Let’s check them out!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
PetSafe Stay And Play vs Free To Roam Wireless Dog Fence Comparison
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing each wireless fence system here:
Stay and Play
Some people also choose to get the following items with the PetSafe Stay & Play:
Petsafe Stay and Play Fence Receiver Collar (on Amazon) – add on collar to add more dogs to the system
Free To Roam
Some people also choose to get the following items with the PetSafe Free To Roam:
PetSafe Compatible RFA-67 Replacement Batteries (Pack of 10) (on Amazon) – spare batteries for the collar
PetSafe Free to Roam Fence Receiver Collar (on Amazon) – add on collars to add more dogs to the system
PetSafe Stay + Play vs Free To Roam: Which Is Better?
Overall, the Stay and Play is the more advanced system of the two, and for the price difference, it’s probably better as well.
You might get the Stay and Play if you want:
- A wider maximum range/diameter of operation of the transmitter of 210 feet diameter compared to 180 for the Free To Roam
- A rechargeable battery, compared to the replaceable battery in the Free To Roam that you will have to replace every few months
- A smaller and lighter transmitter
- An automatic shut off safety feature
PetSafe Stay + Play vs Free To Roam: Differences
Some of the main differences between the two systems are:
- The Stay and Play can cover a maximum area of 3/4 of an acre (210 feet in diameter), whilst the Free To Roam can cover a maximum area of 1/2 an acre, or 180 feet in diameter – without adding any extra transmitters
- The Stay and Play uses a rechargeable battery that lasts approx. 3 weeks per charge and roughly 3-5 years all up, whilst the Free To Roam uses a replaceable RFA-67 battery that has a 1-2 month expected life and is not rechargeable
- The Stay and Play uses Stay and Play collar receivers, whilst the Free To Roam uses the Free To Roam collar receivers
- The Stay and Play has an automatic safety shut-off where correction stops after 15 seconds of continuous stimulation
- The Free To Roam has a low battery indicator
- The Free To Roam has a Transmitter Power Loss Alarm – built in power loss alarm sounds an intermittent tone alarm if power is removed from the transmitter. If power is removed from the transmitter, your pet is no longer contained.
- The Free To Roam transmitter comes with a mounting bracket and hardware
- The Stay + Play transmitter is the smaller of the two transmitters (up to 67% smaller than other PetSafe Transmitters)
- The Stay and Play comes with short and long contact points, whereas the Free To Roam comes with long contact points
PetSafe Stay + Play vs Free To Roam: Similarities
Some of the main similarities between the two systems are:
- Both are wireless pet fence systems
- Both take about 1-2 hours to set up
- Both are portable systems
- Both systems have transmitters and collars that are smaller and more compact that other PetSafe fence systems
- Both systems have ranges that can be expanded with additional transmitters
- Both systems allow you to add dogs to the system with additional add on collars
- Both collars are for dogs 5 pounds and up and fits neck sizes 6-28 inches
- Both collars have 5 different levels of static stimulation
- Both collars have tone only training options
- Both collars are waterproof
- Both systems worth with the original Wireless Pet Containment System (PIF-300) and Receiver Collar (PIF-275)
- Neither system comes with a vibration only training option
Subjectively, both systems may be affected in their consistency and realiability by a variety of factors including terrain, topography and metal objects. For example, a metal roof, metal walls/siding, or metal objects or appliances which are within 5-10′ of the transmitter unit can create black out spots where the system may not work effectively. Do a survey of the area you want to use the system in before buying and consider these factors.
PetSafe Stay + Play vs Free To Roam: Reviews
- PetSafe Stay and Play Wireless Dog Fence System Review
- PetSafe Free To Roam Wireless Dog Fence System Review
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