A dog bowl is one of the essential staples that every pet parent needs to consider before bringing a new furball home.
While buying a bowl might seem like the easiest decision you’ll face when purchasing pet gear, there are a surprising number of elements to think about before whipping out your credit card.
Today’s bumper guide showcases the 15 best dog bowls in a variety of shapes, styles, and materials. By the end, you should have a shortlist of bowl’s suitable for your pup’s need.
Before that, take a moment to consider the following pointers which will streamline your buying decision:
Now you know exactly what to look out for, explore our curated selection of the finest dog bowls out there.
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The 15 Best Dog Bowls
1. Our Pick PEGGY11 Stainless Steel Dog Bowl
First up and our overall favorite from the collection of dog bowls we tested, how does this traditional bowl from PEGGY11 stand and fall?
You’ll first need to choose from a wide variety of sizes to suit the breed in question. This is the smallest bowl in the line with a 3-cup capacity. If you have a small breed at home, this should provide him with ample food for the day.
Made from stainless steel with a highly polished finish, we like the fact that food residue doesn’t accumulate inside this bowl. Ease of cleaning should be uppermost in mind when you’re comparing the best dog bowls, and PEGGY11 delivers fully.
If your dog tends to chew heavily, we would strongly recommend investing in a stainless steel or ceramic bowl. Even aggressive chewers can eat safely from this bowl.
The bowl has a wide rim and is designed to fit onto most stands. A stand is not provided.
While the base is non-slip, the attachment is weak, so handle with care.
As long as you have a small breed and no special dietary concerns to consider, this is one of the most effective classic dog bowls out there. Does it make the right choice for your furball?
2. Neater Deluxe Pet Feeder
Neater Brand Pet Stores has a deep bench of cost-effective dog gear that doesn’t force you to compromise on quality to achieve a bargain.
This is the largest bowl in this line of elevated dog feeders. The 7-cup capacity should be sufficient for most large breeds.
Elevated dog bowls have many benefits, improving digestion and minimizing joint strain in canines. This iteration of the large bowl comes with extendable legs, ideal for large dogs who need to eat from a higher position that a normal bowl provides.
You also get a water bowl with the feeding bowl. Both fit neatly into the stand and are easy to keep clean.
The problem with this bowl comes in the form of rust developing quite quickly. We review several dog bowls with this issue and flag the running problem throughout our reviews. This allows you to buy with your eyes wide open.
Setting this aside, the set-up is stable and reduces the chance of coming home to dog food spilled all over the kitchen floor.
With many different colorways at your disposal, you can choose a bowl that fits your home décor and the temperament of your furry friend.
3. YETI Boomer Non-Slip Dog Bowl
YETI is an emerging force in the dog gear vertical, and this is the first bowl today from their impressive stable, so is it worth the money?
This bowl is one of the more expensive options with a traditional design. You get no bells or whistles here, but you benefit from outstanding construction in return for the stiff price tag.
Regrettably, this is another dog bowl on our shortlist with a reputation for rusting. If you plan to use the bowl for outdoor feeding, you might want to explore some of the more rust-resistant offerings below.
The oversized capacity allows you to load in up to 8 cups of your furball’s favorite food, whether wet, dry, or raw. While traditional dog bowls don’t feature any tech or special features, they are extremely versatile and allow the use of all types of food and liquid.
If you are fussy about matching your dog supplies to your home décor, you’re spoiled for choice with colors. Choose from 15 striking colorways to suit.
The stainless steel bowl may be prone to rusting, but it’s also extremely easy to keep clean and safe to put on the top shelf of your dishwasher.
One of the things we liked most about this bowl is the stable base that cuts out any slipping and sliding at feeding time and minimizes dog food scattered across the floor.
4. Super Design Store Dog Bowl
Super Design Store features a commendable selection of pet gear that’s design-driven, well-made, and reasonably priced. This bargain basement dog bowl continues that winning tradition.
If your budget won’t stretch to a bowl like the YETI above, this model comes in much cheaper, while still delivering many benefits.
This line of bowls come with varying capacities. This is the smallest option with a half-cup capacity, so only makes sense for owners of toy breeds and some small breeds. If this doesn’t give you enough food for your pup, choose from five other options with up to 4 cup capacity.
Although broadly traditional in design, this bowl is slanted in order to encourage slower feeding. If your dog often gulps his food, suffers from digestion, or has joint problems, he may find this slanted feeder helps him eat in more comfort.
You can pick from a handful of vibrant colorways, some with fun designs and others solid colors, like this neon green example.
Easy to handle and just as easy to keep clean, this bowl makes a great choice for owners of gluttonous small dogs who need prompting to eat at a more leisurely pace. If you need to slow the feeding of a larger dog, explore some of the other sizes of bowls in Super Design Store.
5. MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Bowl
Next in line is a traditional dog bowl from the highly reputable MidWest Homes for Pets. This manufacturer produces a broad range of affordable pet products built to the highest standard, so how does this bowl shape up?
This is the smallest of the four sizes on offer with a 4-cup capacity. Depending on the amount the dog eats, this bowl is suitable for most medium breeds.
One of the things we like most about this bowl is how easy it is to keep clean. In our experience, any dog bowls that are a nuisance to clean or accumulate food residue easily tend to be neglected or discarded. This bowl, on the other hand, is a cinch to wipe down and it’s also dishwasher friendly.
The stability of the bowl and the non-skid based help to cut down on spillage and sliding at feeding time.
If you already have a dog food bowl on your shortlist, considering using this as an oversized water bowl for Rover.
While the bowl feels well put-together overall, the hardware is a weak point. If you want to fix this bowl to a cage or crate, it comes with an attachment to streamline this. Unfortunately, this attachment is fragile and brittle, so exercise caution.
We recommend using this bowl without attaching it to a crate and feel it is a worthwhile option for any pet parents of medium breeds looking for a cost-effective and low-maintenance dog bowl.
6. OurPets Comfort Diner
OurPets is a new brand that rates a mention thanks to this elevated dog bowl.
There are many reasons for using an elevated dog bowl:
- Reducing strain on dogs neck and joints when feeding.
- Aiding digestion and minimizing bloating.
- Minimizing contamination with food and water raised.
- Promoting easier access for larger breeds.
If one of those scenarios applies to you, read on.
The bowl is available in a choice of three heights suitable for small, medium, or large breeds. Choose accordingly. This is the largest model that allows big dogs to feed comfortably and with a stable setup that shouldn’t topple over.
While the overall feeding system is solid, the bowls feel thin and flimsy, giving us concerns about longevity.
The stainless steel bowls are rust-resistant, which is something we can’t say for all the models on our shortlist. We flag any bowls above or below with a reputation for rusting out.
If your dog chews heavily, investing in a bowl like this will allow him to focus on his food without trying to bite off part of his bowl and potentially injuring himself.
The elevated feeding posture should encourage your pooch to eat more gingerly instead of wolfing his food down. This can help with weight management issues, as well as bloating and digestive issues.
Setting aside the flimsiness of the bowl construction, this is one of the most effective and versatile elevated feeders for large breeds.
7. Coldest Dog Bowl
Next up for something slightly different with Coldest Dog Bowl. Primarily intended for water, the key selling point here is the triple-walled stainless steel construction. You can load up enough water to see your hounds through the whole day and it won’t become warm and unappetizing an hour later.
Although designed as a water bowl, we also recommend Coldest Dog Bowl for dog food. You can load in dry, wet, or raw feed, allowing you to cater for any canine dietary needs.
For pet parents looking to buy a dog bowl that coordinates with their home décor, this brand gives you a wealth of choice and some cool colorways.
This is the second-largest bowl in terms of capacity, giving you the space for up to 8 cups of dog food. This should meet the needs of most medium breeds and some large breeds.
As with all the best dog bowls, the base is non-slip and should minimize mess at mealtimes.
Not only will this dog bowl keep food or water cold all day long, but it’s also remarkably easy to keep clean.
Considering the efficient insulation and impressive build quality, this dog bowl is priced more competitively than you might imagine. Does it make the right choice for your mutt, though?
8. Loving Pets Bella Bowl
The Bella Bowl from Loving Pets is another traditional dog bowl, so you won’t get elevated feeding or slow feeding here, just a classic stainless steel feeding bowl.
Choose from one of four sizes to suit. This is the smallest bowl, and it has space for up to 2 cups of food inside. Remember the general rule when sizing dog bowls: look for one that contains twice as much food as your hound eats in one day.
The non-slip base is highly effective and should stop most dogs from upending this bowl while greedily feeding. If your pup needs encouragement to eat more slowly, consider an elevated bowl or a slow feeding bowl.
There are five different colors to choose from, including this grape variant. All bowls are emblazoned with cute pawprints in contrasting black.
Whether you want to clean the bowl by hand or in the dishwasher, you should encounter no issues with food residue sticking on, and you’ll have your pup’s bowl washed and dried in no time ready for more food as always. If you plan to pop the bowl in the dishwasher, remove the rubber base first.
Overall, this is an elegant and low-maintenance dog bowl that offers no frills but gets the job done effectively.
9. GrooveThis Woodshop Dog Bowl
This personalized feeding station from GrooveThis Workshop might not be especially cheap, but it’s well worth the investment if you’re looking for something more than a traditional dog bowl.
The wooden construction is available in a variety of finishes to match your décor. This classic gray example would make a neat fit in modern or minimalist homes.
This is the second-largest setup in the line, ideal for dogs that stand from 21 to 25 inches high. If this makes the right fit for Fido, read on. If not, refer to the manufacturer’s sizing chart and consider one of the other systems.
Like all elevated feeding systems, this can aid with digestion, joint pain, and can also slow down feeding. This large feeding system allows enough space for bigger breeds to chow down without feeling cramped or constrained.
Although there are two stainless steel bowls included, we recommend using these for food only rather than water. If you load up the water and the food, you may find your dog ends up spilling stuff over the floor.
You can choose to customize the feeding station with your dog’s name, although this will prevent you from returning the item for a refund.
For owners of large dogs prone to gulping their food, this elevated feeding system is expensive but still represents excellent overall value.
10. YETI Boomer Dog Bowl
Another offering from the YETI stable next with the Boomer bowl. What do you get for your money here, then?
This is another classic dog bowl ideal for well-behaved pups without joint or digestive issues, and for dogs that don’t bolt their food down. If this sounds like Spot, read on.
As with all traditional bowls, you can load this up with any food you like, from kibble to wet and raw food. You could also, of course, use this as a water bowl for your mutt.
Unlike some stainless steel bowls on our shortlist, this model is not likely to rust out, making it a great choice for outdoor feeding. The bowl works equally well indoors.
This model is quite easy to clean and it’s also dishwasher friendly, even if it’s one of the more expensive dog bowls you’ll find.
Although the base is reasonably stable, if your dog is especially boisterous at mealtimes, he may end up toppling this bowl and creating a mess.
Fans of the YETI brand will be delighted with this bowl, and any newcomers to the stable are likely to become loyal fans. Does it sound like the right choice for Spot, though?
11. Max and Neo Dog Bowl
One of the main selling points of the Max and Neo brand is the fact they donate one dog bowl to dog rescues for every bowl sold. By investing in one of these stainless steel bowls for your furball, you’ll be helping another dog in desperate need.
The stainless steel build has some advantages and some drawbacks. While this material is generally sound, this bowl can develop spots of rust, meaning it makes most sense as an indoor bowl. Construction also feels rather lightweight, so if you have a dog prone to playing up at feeding time, we advise exploring some heavier bowls above and below. On the plus side, the bowl shouldn’t accumulate too much food residue inside and it’s pretty easy to keep clean.
This is the smallest bowl of the three available, weighing in at 9 ounces. You will have space for two cups of food inside, so this is only suitable for small breeds.
The non-slip base of the bowl should prevent unwanted spillage at pet mealtimes and provide your furball with a stable base to eat from.
If you have a feisty small dog prone to getting excitable at feeding time, you might find that the lightweight nature of this bowl makes it a bad bet. For better behaved dogs, this bowl is a solid option in a crowded segment of the market.
12. Super Design Store Dog Bowl
As we near the end of our dog bowl reviews, we have another entry from Super Design Store.
An elevated feeder, the bowl may be beneficial for dogs with neck or joint problems. The raised bowl may also help dogs with digestive issues, and it can also prevent dogs from gorging their food too quickly.
As with most pet products from this stable, you can choose from a broad range of colors so you can match the temperament of your pooch and your home décor.
Rubber straps underneath the raised feeder help to keep the bowl fully secured, reducing the chance of spillage.
The bowl is made from stainless steel, although this is unfortunately one of the many models prone to rusting over time. Considering the reasonably expensive price point, we are disappointed with this.
The stand is made of melamine and should return plenty of service, although we feel build quality could be more robust at this price.
Overall, we are unable to fully recommend this bowl due to the rusting concerns. If this is something that doesn’t bother you, you may find that the setup stops your dog from bolting down his food.
13. Pawfect Pets Store Dog Bowl
Pawfect Pets Store is packed with outstanding pet products that are all very keenly priced. This elevated feeding station is no exception.
Whether your dog has digestive issues, gulps his food down, or tends to overeat, this raised bowl should help slow him down.
Unlike many elevated bowls, the classic wood design of this model makes it a smooth fit for homes with more traditional design schemes. The bamboo build is also robust and long-lasting, giving you excellent overall value if you invest in this bowl.
Like all bamboo and stainless steel products, you’ll find this feeding station is a cinch to keep clean.
Beneath the feeding station, a non-skid silicone base provides welcome stability for even the most boisterous of dogs.
This is the smaller of the two stations offered, standing 4 inches off the ground. This should give small breeds the ideal height to eat from.
As an inbuilt bonus, you’ll receive four bowls with this dog feeding station, giving you spares if you don’t have time to clean Fido’s bowl right away.
14. PetFusion Dog Bowl
We’re almost done with our roundup of the best dog bowls, but we have time for a couple more suggestions, including this elevated feeding bowl from PetFusion.
The modular magnetic setup allows you to use more than one of these bowls in combination, perfect for homes with multiple dogs. This iteration includes just one tall bowl that stands 9 inches from the ground.
The non-slip base won’t scratch your wood flooring and it will prevent your dog from tipping the bowl over as he eats.
When it’s time to clean up, you should wash the stand by hand. The stainless steel bowl is safe to pop on the top shelf of the dishwasher. You shouldn’t find that too much food gets stuck onto the bowl either.
While we are not the biggest fans of acrylic construction, we can’t find much fault with this bowl and stand.
The one-year limited warranty gives you peace of mind at the point of purchase, so does this raised feeder make the right choice for your furry friend?
15. Ethical Dog Bowl
Do you have a rustic kitchen and a small dog? If so, this classic ceramic dog bowl will provide him with enough food to last him throughout the day and it will blend in with your kitchen, something we can’t say for all dog bowls.
One of the main selling points is the bulky and heavyweight construction. This should ensure that even the most boisterous small dog can eat his fill without the bowl toppling over and food spilling over the floor.
Another impressive benefit of this bowl is the ceramic glazing. This leaves a glossy finish so dog food shouldn’t end up smeared and stuck onto the bowl.
The bowl is easy to clean by hand and is also dishwasher safe for hands-free cleanup. We strongly advise against buying any dog bowls that are awkward to clean.
While we can’t complain about any aspect of this bowl, we can’t say the same for the manufacturer’s returns process. Setting this aside, you’re getting a stunning dog bowl that’s also highly effective. What are you waiting for?
1) What material is best for dog bowls?
Stainless steel, ceramic, and silicone are some of the most popular and effective materials for dog bowls. Most bowls made from these materials are durable, easy to clean, and safe for dogs.
2) What size dog bowl should I choose?
The optimum size will depend on the size and breed of your dog. A general rule of thumb is to choose a bowl that holds twice as much food as the volume of your pup’s daily food intake.
3) Is it essential for dog bowls have a non-slip base?
Yes, a non-slip base is important to stop the bowl from sliding and spilling when it’s time for Rover to eat.
4) What is the best type of dog bowl for outdoor use?
Stainless steel or silicone bowls are best for outdoor use as they are durable, weather-resistant, and easy to clean.
5) Should I choose a dog bowl based on my dog's feeding position?
Yes, bowls designed for specific feeding positions, such as elevated bowls for large dogs or slow-feed bowls for dogs that eat too quickly, can be chosen based on your dog's normal feeding habits.
6) What is the best type of dog bowl for a dog with a sensitive digestive system?
Ceramic or stainless steel bowls are best for dogs with sensitive digestive systems as they are easy to clean and do not leach chemicals or odors into your furball’s food.
7) How often should I clean my dog's bowl?
You should clean your dog's bowl daily with some mild soap and water to prevent bacteria growth.
8) Is it safe to use plastic dog bowls?
Yes, as long as the plastic is BPA-free and does not contain harmful chemicals, it is safe for your dog. That said, dogs that chew aggressively may break these bowls and possibly hurt themselves on the sharp edges. Avoid plastic bowls for dogs that chew heavily.
9) What is a slow-feed bowl and why is it important?
A slow-feed bowl is designed to prevent dogs from eating too quickly, which can lead to health problems such as choking, bloat, and indigestion. Ridges inside the bowls will prevent your pooch from gorging his food, although the internal maze will not be so tough that it frustrates your hound.
10) Is it necessary to have more than one dog bowl?
This depends on the situation. If you have multiple dogs at home, use one bowl for each dog to prevent competition or fights over food. You should also give your dog a separate water bowl to ensure that he stays hydrated throughout the day.
We hope today’s guide to choosing the best dog bowls has helped you to determine which type of bowl makes the best fit for your hound.
As long as you get the materials and the capacity of the bowl right, you should find that a well-constructed bowl lasts for years. Get this wrong and you could end up with a bowl that is unfit for purpose, or a bowl that breaks prematurely.
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