Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers



In this guide, we take a look at some of the different types of dog water fountains and dispensers.

We also look at the different features and drawbacks of some of the most popular models on the market.


(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)


Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers

If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing some of the top rated models here:


Gravity Waterer


Also note – if you prefer something other than a pump or gravity activated water feeder, you can choose a stainless steel bowl or bucket instead:


Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers: Reviews

Read the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain Review here.


The features and potential drawbacks of the PetMate Replendish are:


  • A gravity waterer that automatically fills the bowl for you 
  • Microban material is made to help keep the water cleaner for longer
  • Comes in several sizes up to 4 gallons
  • Comes in several colors

Potential Drawbacks

  • Mold/slime can develop around and under the plastic, so you may have to take it apart every few weeks to clean it


Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers: Buyer’s Guide

Types Of Water Fountains & Dispensers

The three main types are:

  • Gravity water dispenser
  • Water fountain, with pump and filter
  • Step on/paw activated water feeders


Which Water Fountain Is Best?

Gravity water dispensers are popular because they are easy to set up and refill, and they don’t need a power supply. They also refill automatically. It can be annoying to take it apart and clean out the slime/mould on the plastic though – which needs to be done every few weeks.

Pump and filter water fountains regulate the water supply to keep it fresh, but do use filters which need to be replaced, and a pump which might break down at some point and need to be replaced. They also need to be cleaned of mold/slime. They may not be as good for outside use.

Step on/paw activated water fountains aren’t as popular as the other two, and we couldn’t find a model to recommend to look at in this guide.


Are There Other Options?

If you don’t want to have to deal with a water dispenser or fountain, you can buy a simple stainless steel bowl, or for larger water capacity, a bucket.

They can be much easier to spot mold/slime on, and clean. There’s also no need to replace pumps or filter pads.


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