The 15 Best Dog Bowls to Buy in 2019
As opposed to a cat, your dog(s) may be not too picky about what they eat from. So, the question of selection is entirely yours – what a relief! Now you simply have to consider a bunch of factors to not make a regretful decision…
In practice, it’s no big deal, as I’ll show you in a moment by example of my bowl choice for Richy. The three nuances you should take care of are as follows:
- Your pet’s age. Puppies may not appreciate extraordinarily large bowls, while a grown dog will be likely to find it more comfortable with a feeder/raised bowl. Another issue is stiff joints, back or neck problems that happen in older pets and require great attention to the bowl’s height;
- Your pet’s feeding habits. Sloppy eaters and messy drinkers are not infrequent, so you may want to protect your flooring. Non-sliding bowls, food mats, and untippable feeder options all belong here, especially in case of playful breeds;
- Your style preferences. Ceramic, steel, in a plastic or wooden feeder, available as a matching set of bowls etc. Whatever warms the cockles of your heart and makes a nice addition to your home’s interior.
Ceramic Dog Bowls
When it comes to dog bowls, ceramic vs stainless steel options are both considered stylish; however, only ceramic pet dishware may feature vivid handmade design. Also, glossy surfaces of these bowls make them safe to soak and easy to clean. Fragility is their only weakness, so make sure neither you nor your pet throws this crockery around. Otherwise, your ceramic bowls may develop small cracks that can harbor nasty bacteria.
- Free of lead, BPA and toxic materials
- Tasteful design
A delicate ceramic bowl of dinnerware quality. It’s not too capacious and holds just 2.00 cups. Tall sides render it suitable for both water and kibble. It has a very attractive pattern consisting of spots, paws, and speckles mingled together.
|+ Deep and handy||– Definitely NOT for messy eaters|
|+ High quality|
|+ Beautifully made|
- Approved by FDA as non-toxic
- Reduced skidding and flipping
- Sturdy and lasting AB-grade porcelain
- Easy to clean
Practical and stoneware-sturdy, this food bowl will serve your pet for years and years. While many other steel dishes with rubber bottoms often fail to stay put, this dish practically does not move around when your doggo empties it with enthusiasm. Its lip is turned in so the bowl prevents water from sloshing out onto the floor.
|+ Extra-durable||– Impractical for travel|
|+ Stays put|
|+ Sloshing minimized|
- No sliding thanks to a silicone ring
- Conveniently safe for dishwasher
- Matches with other pet toys, blankets, mats and beds by Bone Dry
- Created to blend in with most décors
This pet bowl is quite hefty and holds about 1 3/4 cups of food. Several sizes offered by the manufacturer will fit dogs or cats of various age. Feel free to put one of these in a dishwasher or even a microwave – which will surely come in handy for refrigerated dog food.
|+ Heavy and stable||– A bit pricy|
|+ Sold in an array of sizes|
- Meet FDA food standards
- Dinner set of two bowls
- Stainless steel stand
- Exclusive designer patterns
These raised bowls are made of heavy and tough ceramic. Their sage color is tasteful and acts as the complete opposite to an eyesore of an ordinary bowl. Placed symmetrically in a metal holder, the bowls remain immobile thanks to the rubber pieces protecting the glossy outer surface from scratches.
|+ Optimal height||– None found|
|+ Both for cats and dogs|
|+ Matches your home’s interior|
- Convenient feeding station
- Ceramic bowls stay safe in a dishwasher
- Proper food digestion with the raised base
- Modern rectangular design
Here we’ve got a perfectly sized ceramic set that won’t require you to fill it with kibble and water more than once a day for a single pet. The set has a moderate height equally comfortable for both younger and older animals. Being made of wood, the bowl base will match your furniture most nicely.
|+ Good height||– No large size available|
|+ Quite large|
|+ Wooden base|
Elevated Dog Bowls
The raised design is especially good for your dog’s digestion and prevention of possible gastrointestinal issues. Typically, these stands come with a pair of plastic, ceramic or even stainless steel bowls. The base itself may be made of metal, plastic or wood. In the case of giant dogs, elevated feeding stations become a direct necessity – if, of course, you want to spare your canine friend a sore neck and trouble swallowing.
- Eliminates tipping
- Reduced physical strain on the neck
- Healthier digestion
- Resistant to rust and spots
An attractively designed solution to your pet’s trouble with bending over their food. Out of the box, it comes sized for larger dogs; however, you can adjust the height to smaller levels in a matter of seconds. Its construction seems sturdy and well-put-together and even allows you to quickly disassemble it for travel.
|+ Adjustable size||– May tip over if not put against the wall|
|+ Sturdily made|
|+ Compatible with traveling|
- Anti-slip feet
- Small, medium, and large options
- Non-leaching steel bowls
- Certified food-grade material
If your dog creates a GREAT DEAL of sound while eating, this rubber-shod pet feeder will be of great service to you. This feeding construction by FOREYY both eliminates the clanking and handles the issue of your dog’s bowl flopping around during their mealtime. Moreover, its surfaces are specially designed to keep away stains and mildew.
|+ Straightforward assembly||– For each size, bowls feel a bit too small|
|+ Water-resistant bamboo base|
|+ Easy to keep sanitary|
- Bowls are kept in place by a rubber seal
- Stainless steel of surgical grade
- Perfectly measured height
- Resistant to scratching, chipping, and fading
A durable and stable dog food station to make your pet(s) full and happy. Its height is great to allow your dog to swallow easily and facilitate movement of food in their gullet. The bowls are coated with enamel and a glossy finish, which eases up their cleaning.
|+ Capacious||– Clanky when empty (even with anti-rattle rim)|
|+ Wrought iron stand|
|+ Enameled bowls|
- Low-seated to stay kick-proof
- Spill-proof design
- Fixed feeding position to keep your dog healthy
- Can be complemented with slow feed bowl
Neater is a well-deserved name for this station. It features a grate that manages to keep food on top and allows water to drain below – and the stand is even more spill-proof with the rubber inserts on the legs. Simultaneously, the catch tray underneath adds to your guarantee against accidental food messes.
|+ Very stable||– Large dogs may nuzzle the bowls over inside the feeder|
|+ Moderately elevated|
|+ Food mess protection|
- Easy to keep hygienic
- Replaceable bowls
One more bowl keeper that cares about your floor’s cleanliness. It offers elevated edges to minimize littering and contain occasional spills. You might even like to turn this one in a full-time drinking bench, especially if yours is a multi-dog household.
|+ Easy to put together||– No stain resistant finish on the bowls|
|+ Perfect for watering multiple pets|
Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
The hard and fast rule with stainless steel pet dishware is to make sure you’ve got a lead-, mercury-, and cadmium-free product on your hands. In all other respects, you and steel will make fast friends – simply because it’s super-hygienic and healthy for all your pets. You can put inside a steel bowl whatever you fancy, including dry, wet food, and dog snacks. Finally – and quite importantly – you won’t need to break a bank to get one of those.
- Supplied with a rubber base
- Remains odorless
- No-tip construction
- Can be cleaned in a dishwasher
This bowl (or bowls if you order a two-pack) sit firm and nice on your floor. Even though your puppy will be able to move them around, you can rest assured your kitchen will stay mess-free and with a dry floor. When the cleaning time comes, you can remove the rubber ring for easy use with a dishwasher.
|+ Decreased damage to the floor||– No smaller sizes on offer|
|+ Rust resistant|
|+ Clean and healthy|
- Capacious 2 quart (64 oz) bowls
- Hygienic steel as an alternative to plastic
- Food & water compatible
- Comes without annoying stickers
These pet bowls are of an average weight so don’t expect them to sit stolidly while your dog muzzles his/her kibble. What I like best about them is the steep pitch of their sides – they are almost vertical to keep the contents inside. They are also super-easy to handwash and dishwash.
|+ Pretty deep||– Rather lightweight for freestanding use without a feeder|
|+ Good holding capacity|
|+ Quality steel|
- Silicone mat to catch spills
- Food grade stainless steel
- Kick-proof and trip-proof
- No frustration with spilled kibble
Another excellent stainless steel option for your dog’s feeding time – no chipping or fading, everything’s just shiny clean and sanitary. The mat, too, doesn’t develop cracks or grow stiff. It remains flexible and weighs the bowls down to the floor to fix them in place.
|+ Superb quality mat||– The mat requires constant cleaning|
|+ Long-lasting metal|
- Rust and corrosion-resistant bowls
- Versatile feeding units for puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats
- Full convenience of non-slip rubber feet
- Durability and germ safety
This piece of pet crockery is not exactly one of those large dog bowls. Still, it does come as a multipurpose non-aluminum feeder, able to be of good use for smaller and moderately large animals. Its bottom part features a rubber piece to resist slipping on hardwood or tile floors. The bowl’s smooth design is decorated with a bone on the front.
|+ Relatively inexpensive||– Not too much stain-resistant|
|+ Heavy duty|
|+ Odor free|
- Spills prevented due silicone mat
- Heat, rust, and corrosion resistant steel
- Comfortable feeding with no-skid base
- Space saving with a foldable mat
A go-to option for pet owners who prefer preventing the likely food spills rather than dealing with them. The extra-large base of these bowls is both sturdy and perfect for keeping the dog kibble from getting everywhere. This feeder also eliminates sliding, thus containing water with minimum splashes – and if your dog is as sloppy a drinker as mine, you’ll appreciate this smart design endlessly.
|+ Suitable for travel||– Bowls are not fixed, so your pet can pull out them with their teeth|
|+ Great for a single pet or two pets|
|+ Excellent water holding capacity|
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Choose Dog Food Bowl?
With a wide array of pet food bowls offered in the market today, you’ll have to have a close look at the material, size, color, and design of your preferred option. In reality, much depends on your dog’s behavior – most bowl options will do for quiet or toy breeds, while the vivacious type will likely be able to make a mess with the firmest of feeders. Getting a cheaper ‘test’ bowl might seem a good decision, but make certain you watch it closely as lower quality products may develop rust (steel bowls) or cracks (ceramic ones). On the other hand, it’s always easy to throw away your cheap purchase and get a new, better one.
How to Clean a Food Bowl?
What kind of gross fungi/bacteria grows in your dog’s bowls are largely determined by the environment, outdoor exposure, as well as fur/oral hygiene of the pet. Pet owners should really treat their animal’s dishware like theirs own, meaning they should wash the bowls at least every day or two, irrespective of whether their dog gets to eat dry or wet food. Use hot soapy water or add any dish detergent available at Target or the nearest convenience store. Dry the bowl both on the inside and outside with a sponge or towel afterwards.
Another aspect of keeping your dog’s bowls clean is because of the risk of cross-contamination. Washing the pet feeders in your bathtub or sink is not the best idea if you care that your family doesn’t share with the dog all his/her bugs. Should you have no other option except for a kitchen or bathroom sink, take, at least, strict disinfection measures to counter the contamination.
How to Keep Ants out of Dog Food Bowl?
You may help this situation by simply trying to put the feeder in a different location. For most people, placing the dog food bowl in a wider bowl of water solves the issue for good. However, if ants are really pestering you by getting everywhere in the house, I’d recommend you to follow the ant trail back to their nest, and then use a bug spray to eliminate them. Or, alternatively, get a bug chalk to draw a line around the bowl – but make sure your dog doesn’t lick or sniff it!
I guess care is key when you’re choosing a dog bowl. Special needs of your four-paw friend should be your top priority – such as getting a raised feeder for a long-eared breed is more a necessity than an option. In the case of senile dogs or those with disabilities, you might greatly benefit from visiting a vet to get individual recommendations on the type of dog feeder. Actually, I’ve done hours of research and asking before stopping on a certain bowl for my Richie. For me, all this has been very rewarding – and I hope, you’ll find it useful too!