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Dogs can benefit from a water fountain as much as humans can. Not only do they provide a steady stream of fresh, filtered water, but it’s also a convenient way to make sure you’re not having to constantly fill up their empty water bowl.
Pet drinking fountains come in a variety of options depending on your pet’s needs and your preferences. We’ll take a dip into the best dog fountains on the market and our top picks for each category, from the best outdoor dog fountains to automatic pet water dispensers and more.
There are several benefits of dog water fountains, including:
- Helps Keep Pups Hydrated – Never worry about running out of water if you’re gone for extended periods. Also great for homes with multiple animals where you need to refill the water bowl more frequently.
- Better Quality Water – The constant recirculation of water keeps it fresh. Most come with filters for an added layer to remove harmful chemicals from the water and a tray to remove debris and hair.
- Fun To Use – Dogs love the motion of the water trickling and might think it’s a game and want to drink from it more.
There are several factors you’ll want to consider about what kind of dog drinking fountain to get and where to put your fountain.
- Near A Plug – Most dog water fountains require a power source, so you’ll need to have it close to an outlet.
- Low Traffic Area – The dog water fountain might splash and spray droplets of water onto the floor. So it’s best to have it tucked away where you (or anyone else) won’t slip and fall. People could also trip over the cord. You might want to put it on top of a rubber mat for easy cleaning too.
- Noise Level – The sound of a water fountain might be relaxing or keep you up at night. Make sure you put the dog water dispenser somewhere that’s ideal based on your tolerance level for the noise it can produce.
We’ve reviewed various pet water fountains to help you find the best fit for your pup. Here are our top picks for each category.
This pet water fountain is the best overall for a decent starter fountain at a reasonable price. It has excellent ratings and is an Amazon choice.
The Veken has a triple filtration system (carbon, cotton, and ion) and three different flow modes (waterfall, flower bubble, and gentle fountain). It comes in two colors, and both have a mat below for slipping and spills.
|3 layers of containment removal||Not ideal for larger dogs|
|Comes with 3 replacement filters||Indoor use only|
|BPA-free||Smaller capacity to several other fountains we review here (84 oz)|
|Easy to clean||Some might not be crazy about the flower design|
|Comes in two color options (grey or blue)|
- Replacement Filters (8-pack):
If you’re limited to a space that doesn’t have access to power, this battery-operated pet water fountain from PETKIT might be a good fit for you. The fountain has a USB cable and 5V adapter as well, but the battery backup is there if you lose power. It has a 360-water flow and also has three filters. You can use this fountain anywhere, including on the go.
|Does not require power (up to 7 days of constant flow before recharging)||Batteries and 5V adapter not included|
|Triple filtration system||Not ideal for larger dogs|
|Quiet and water pump reduces 25% of noise (less than 30 dB)||On the pricey side|
|Easy to clean||Smaller capacity to other fountains (46 oz)|
|Small light to see at night|
|Smart pump automatically shuts off when water storage level is too low|
- Replacement Filters (5-pack):
Have a large dog? It would help if you had a big dog water fountain. This large dog water dispenser from PetSafe is our top pick for the best large dog water fountain due to its capacity of 450 oz. With 3.5 gallons of water, you don’t have to refill it often and can even hydrate multiple big dogs or animals at a time.
|Dishwasher safe to clean||Limited filtration system (carbon only)|
|UV-resistant BPA-free plastic for use indoors or outdoors||Bulkier design and limited technology features|
|5.5′ long, anti-bite cord||On the expensive side|
- Replacement Filters (10-pack):
Another good option for a water fountain that caters to more than one pet is this Veken pet fountain. It’s more stylish than the larger capacity fountain above and has two levels to make it easy for pets of all sizes to drink from (including birds and cats.) Similar to the smaller Veken fountain we review above, it has a triple filtration system and comes with three filters.
|Water level window to see when it needs refilling||No “fountain” stream or adjustable flow|
|Quiet and long-lasting pump||No smart shut off feature|
|Good-grade, BPA-free material|
|4 colors to choose from (blue, grey, teal, green)|
|Large water capacity (100 oz)|
|Triple filtration system (ion, carbon, and cotton)|
|Comes with 3 replacement filters|
- Replacement Filters (8-pack + 4 pre-filter sponges):
If you need an easy way to keep your dog’s bowl full without the fountain feature, you might want a pet water dispenser. This automatic dog water dispenser uses gravity to fill the water when it’s low. You won’t get many bells and whistles with this essential water dispenser, but it does the trick for those who need convenience and can’t fill the water often.
|No pump or motor means it’s quiet||Smaller water dish, more difficult for larger dogs to drink from|
|No power required or filters to replace||No light or smart features|
|Transparent bucket to see water level||Some report difficult to clean and low quality|
|Larger capacity (84 oz)||No advanced filtration system|
|Made from food-grade materials|
|Comes with a pet placemat|
This pet drinking fountain from Pioneer mimics the look of a faucet with a downward stream of water for your dog or cat to drink out of (like they would a hose.) It has an 80 oz capacity, and limited parts making it easy to maintain. There’s nothing super fancy about this fountain other than its elegant swan-like look.
|For pets that like to drink out of the faucet||Single filtration system (charcoal)|
|Can regulate the rate of flow with adjustable switch||No reserve tank of water, all in the bowl itself|
|Quiet design||Smaller capacity to several other fountains we review here (80 oz)|
|Comes with a replaceable charcoal filter|
|SB or AV plug|
- Replacement Filters (3-pack):
Are you looking for a stainless steel pet fountain? This 128 oz fountain, also from Pioneer, comes in stainless steel (or a white or black ceramic). It’s easy to assemble and clean and has many of the same features as the Pet Swan including the adjustable flow and charcoal filter.
|Multi-level for pets of all sizes||No fountain stream|
|Can regulate the rate of flow with adjustable switch||Single filtration system (charcoal)|
|Quiet design||No reserve tank of water, all in the bowl itself|
|Comes with a replaceable charcoal filter|
|12V pump and AV plug|
|70″ cord length|
- Replacement Filters (6-pack):
This ceramic fountain holds 70 ounces of water. It’s a little smaller capacity than the other filtered dog water bowls. But, this seascape design looks like a zen spa and will blend in with a home without looking like a dog water bowl. It has a dual filtration system that collects hair and debris along with removing odor and bad taste.
|Elegant design||Does not automatically shut off|
|Ceramic material is not prone to bacteria or mold||No reserve tank of water, all in the bowl itself|
|Dual filtration system||Heavier than other bowls (5.2lbs)|
|5.5 ft cord||On the pricey side|
- Replacement Foam Filters (2-pack):
- Replacement Carbon Filters (12-pack):
Another good option for an outdoor dog water fountain is PetSafe’s Everflow water fountain. This fountain holds up to 192 ounces of water which is the second-largest capacity in our review. It can hook up to your garden house and automatically refill itself when it runs out of water. This outdoor dog fountain is durable and withstands the weather elements. And some people have reported turning this outdoor pet water fountain into an indoor one by using a garden hose with their sink or an adapter to connect to their indoor water supply.
|Can be used indoors or outdoors||If used outdoors, requires a power source (not weather-permitting)|
|Made with UV-resistant, BPA-free plastic||On the pricey side|
|Large capacity good for pets of all sizes|
|Dual filter (carbon and foam)|
|Free-falling stream mimics a faucet|
|No need to refill (if hooked up to garden hose)|
- Fountain: $74.95
- Replacement Filter Kit (3 carbon filters + 1 foam pre-filter):
This outdoor water fountain allows dogs to step on the paw-activated drinking pet dispenser. If your dog is smart enough to figure it out, they can get water that shoots into the air. It also comes with a hose splitter, so you can keep it hooked up to your hose without having to worry about using up your hose. A water fountain for dogs outdoors is fun for the whole family.
|Can control water pressure||Can only be used outdoors and must be hooked up to a hose|
|Interactive element for stimulation||Better for larger dogs only|
|Dogs can drink unlimited water on demand|
|Made of steel and has friction pads to prevent sliding|
Now that you have a better idea of the kinds of fountains available, you might be wondering how to prevent slime in the fountain. Cleaning instructions vary by make and model, but this video should give you a good idea of the maintenance involved and how to change the filter. It usually consists of disassembling it and washing all the parts with a sponge or brush and warm soapy water (in addition to changing the filter, see below.) Be sure to clean your water fountain regularly to keep it from getting moldy.
While technically, you can use these water fountains without a filter, it’s best to take advantage of having the water as clean as possible for your pup. Each dog water fountain’s filters are unique to the product, so we added replacement filters in the pricing section for each fountain we review.
Just like water fountains for humans, they are refreshing and most are filtered. So who wouldn’t like them? (Plus, for dogs, they are more of a game). Maybe your dog needs a little variety in his beverages too? We share some alternative drinks for dogs. Also, learn more about dog water bottles for drinking on the go. And it might be a good time to upgrade your dog food bowl too.Tagged With: Comparison, Hydration