The Best Bite for Your Buck- Dog Water Dispensers
Some owners might say the best dog water bowl is literally a bowl. Simply any bowl will do as long as it does not leak. But more experienced dog owners know that stagnant water can develop mildew, bacteria, or become a breeding ground for flies and mosquitos (especially in an outdoor kennel). I often tell new pet owners, just like you wouldn’t want to drink water out of a half-evaporated, dusty tumbler from last weekend’s party, chances are your pooch doesn’t want to drink from that porch bowl with his own fur floating in it.
Which is Right for my Pooch?
You’ve probably seen some of the most popular water dispensers for dogs on online markets. But gurrrrl, how do you know which ones are best suited for your dog?
That all depends on your particular dog’s traits. How big or small are they? Do they usually like water or need an incentive to drink it? How messy is your dog? How rowdy or clumsy are they? Do you have one or many fur-babies sharing the same bowl?
Which is Right for my Lifestyle?
Finding the best bowl also depends on your current setting and routines. Do you travel out of town often? How much space you have in your current living situation? Do you care if your things match? How much extra you got to spend, bro?
It can be hard to have time to do the comparisons yourself, but discerning owners want to know what’s best for their dogs, their lives, and their pocketbooks.
IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain
CONSUMER CONCERNS: Some had a hard time finding replacement filters but this could be because the filters are both carbon and charcoal for better filtration.
Water Capacity- 71 fl. oz. Sturdy Build
Replaceable Carbon and Charcoal Filter Foam Filter Ceramic
Reduced noise: low consumption pump and upside-down bowl for quieter trickle sound
PetSafe Healthy Pet Gravity Dog and Cat Water Station
CONSUMER CONCERNS: Low ratings and reviews were due to needing to jiggle the reservoir to have it refill the empty basin, mostly problems with the spring that enables it to do so, and some rusting of the stainless steel bowls. In addition, there seems to be difficulty in reaching customer service.
Water Capacity- 64 fl. oz.; 128 fl. oz.; 320 fl. oz.
BPA-free Plastic Reservoir Stainless Steel Basin Dishwasher Safe
No pumps or electricity needed: not a fountain
Pioneer Pet Raindrop Drinking Fountain
CONSUMER CONCERNS: Low ratings and reviews were due to short pump life although pumps lasted on average longer than those from the complaints of PetSafe brands, quick growth of slime, poor filtration, rusting, calcification, and some noisy pumps.
Water Capacity- 60 fl. oz.; 96 fl. oz.
Replaceable Charcoal Filter Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe
Modern raindrop shape
PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Fountain for Pets
CONSUMER CONCERNS: Low ratings and reviews were due to short pump life and not enough force in the pump which led to the eventual growth of slime. Many complaints were reported about the noisy pump despite its submergibility and the loud trickle from the dual streams. In addition, there seems to be difficulty in reaching customer service.
Water Capacity- 70 fl. oz.
Replaceable Carbon Filter Foam Filter Ceramic Dishwasher Safe
Dual stream: from a higher and lower bowl
Reduced noise: submersible pump
PetSafe Drinkwell Cat and Dog Water Fountain
CONSUMER CONCERNS: Low ratings and reviews were due to not enough force in the pump which leads to a fast and recurring problem with the growth of slime. There were also reported problems with water overflowing the basin from the reservoir. Improvements from the original were coupled with new problems. In addition, there seems to be difficulty in reaching customer service.
Water Capacity- ½ gallon (64 fl. oz.); 1 gallon (128 fl. oz.); Platinum size (168 fl. oz.)
Replaceable Carbon Filter Foam Filter BPA-free plastic Dishwasher Safe
Platinum size: optional LED nightlight
Adjustable stream: customizable flow
Reduced noise: ramp for quieter trickle sound
PetSafe Drinkwell Original Cat and Dog Water Fountain
CONSUMER CONCERNS:Low ratings and reviews were due short pump lives, ineffective filtering systems, noisy pumps, and problems with water overflowing the basin from the reservoir. There were reports of significant decline in pump lives from previous PetSafe models, some of which lasted 15 years compared to some pumps in the new model lasting less than 1 year. In addition, there seems to be difficulty in reaching customer service.
Water Capacity- 100 fl. oz. (50 fl. oz. plus an additional 50 fl. oz. reservoir)
Replaceable Carbon Filter BPA-free plastic Dishwasher Safe
Adjustable stream: Customizable flow
Reduced noise: ramp for quieter trickle sound
The Blue Ribbon Fountain
My comprehensive, generic pick of the litter is the IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain. It earned the highest average star ratings and the highest percentage of 5 star ratings. After studying the features and reviews, I don’t feel it’s by chance. It is the clear winner! The ceramic structure is higher quality and sturdier to withstand more exuberant breeds. And it holds a medium amount of water, sufficient for medium to large breeds, but small enough in size to save space in busy or cramped living spaces. It is widely regarded as quiet in both pump and trickle sounds. And, it offers filtration by charcoal, carbon, and foam for the best safety of your animal and of the pump itself. My guess is it has the best tasting water for that very reason as well.
Yes, the IPETTIE Tritone is a bit pricier than some of the other options. Even so, it is clear that there are always risks for product damage or lemons, especially when products are traveling to us by delivery. However, PetSafe as a brand had more customers complaining that the overall quality of their products is cheap. I don’t know about you, but I would rather pay more to begin with for a better fountain than have to buy several crummy ones.
Finally, the design is pleasant to look at reminding me of the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Art Deco movement. Your one, solitary, spoiled Siberian would have his choice of three waterfalls to drink from. Or all three of your stylish and sociable Setter Spaniels would each drink from a different spout at the same time. Either way, it’s a suitable pick.
The Pioneer Pet Raindrop Drinking Fountain has a stylish, modern look that might be appealing to some. It’s jelly bean shape and polished silver surface make it more of an art piece than a water dish for sure! That’s why I chose it third. Just be aware that the ratings show a hit and miss with satisfaction and functionality reviews. It doesn’t hold much water in the basin even though it holds enough in circulation. And there are many complaints about needing to clean it often. If you like its vibe though, maybe it’s worth the gamble!
The Doggone Truth
For more information about the importance of hydration for dogs, check out the following articles:
- American Kennel Club – Warning Signs of Dehydration in Dogs
- FETCH by WebMD – Water and Your Dog’s Health
The Farmer’s Guide Digest – The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Hydration 101
- Pet Living with Kristen Levine – 7 Ways to Keep Your Pet Hydrated and Cool This Summer
- com – Keeping Your Dog Hydrated