There’s nothing better than a cool glass of water after a long hike. Your dog also appreciates cool, clean water after a walk or a warm lounge in the yard.
If you’ve walked past your dog’s water bowl just to find it empty for dog knows how long, then it might be time to consider an automatic dog watering bowl.
Automatic dog waterers help keep your pup hydrated, healthy, and happy all day long.
PetSafe Healthy Pett Gravity Dog Waterer
NPET Water Fountain
If you’re searching the internet, you’ll find thousands of models, all of which fluctuate drastically in price and quality.
The most high-tech bowls have hose attachments, providing your pup with unlimited refills of fresh water. And the more low-tech versions of this technology features a cooler or basin of water ready to fill the bowl using a gravity system.
Reviews: Indoor Automatic Dog Water Bowls
Below we’ll list our favorites (in order). If you don’t want to read a ton, there’s a “Best for” section below each one that should help guide your choice.
1. PetSafe Healthy Pett Gravity Dog Waterer
The PetSafe Healthy Pet Gravity Bowl works well for a gravity-style waterer. This product may lack the frills of a hose-filled waterer, but what it lacks in technology it makes up for in reliability and durability (and value). Instead of filling your dog’s bowl a few times per day, you can choose a size that works best for your dog and refill the reservoir every few days, instead. The basin is stainless steel and dishwasher safe, making it long-lasting and easy to clean. The reservoir is BPA-free and includes a locking mechanism that prevents it from toppling and gushing water all over your floor.
- Dogs of all sizes
- Owners that don’t want to deal with hoses and leaks
- Very thirsty dogs
2. NPET Water Fountain
Again, we know this was designed for cats, but medium and small dogs LOVE it! This system works by filling a reservoir, then pumping water through a filtration system then up and out of the fountain. This automatic waterer is more attractive than many others and its fountain entices dogs to drink more. It also comes with three different settings which can help dogs adjust and make the fountain a bit quieter.
- Single-dog households
- Small dogs
- Indoor use
- Dog and cat households
- Drink Up, Thirsty Dogs!
Indoor/Outdoor Automatic Waters We Also Love
1. Easy-Clean Water Bowl
For those that don’t want to break the bank, the Easy-Clean Water Bowl offers convenience, durability, and fresh water for your pet on-demand. The plastic is easy to clean and the hose is made from stainless steel. Set up is simple and dogs adjust to it seamlessly.
- Medium and small dog breeds
- Dog and cat mixed households
- Dogs that don’t tend to chew on their bowls
2. PetSafe Drinkwell Everflow Indoor/Outdoor Dog Water Fountain
This large capacity waterer is a great investment. Compared to other automatic dog waterers, this one’s filtration system is a bit more advanced. It’s designed to filter out fur, sticks, leaves, and other debris, but it also has a carbon filter (sort of like the one in water pitchers for people) that removes odor and foul flavors. This bowl hooks up to your sink or outdoor hose. When it’s time for a clean, you can take it apart and run it through the dishwasher. One of the best aspects of the Drinkwell Everflow is the water fountain. The sound of running water encourages more drinking which encourages healthy hydration.
- Extra-large, large, and medium dog breeds
- Multi-dog families
- Indoor use
- Picky drinkers
- Dogs with urinary health concerns
3. Nelson Automatic Dog Waterer: Model 1200B
The Nelson Automatic Dog Waterer is built to last. It features an easy-to-clean stainless steel basin, stainless steel mounting brackets, a float system that refills water once it gets low, and a hose that attaches to your faucet. This model is perfect for the backyard or patio, and the brackets allow you to adjust the mounting height of the drinking fountain to work for your dog.
- Multi-dog families
- Dogs that tend to chew plastic bowls
- Large or medium breed dogs
4. Critter Concepts Dog Water Bowl
We love this waterer. It may look a little different, but it’s practical and offers the convenience of wheels, so you can bring it along to the park, patio, or backyard. Once it’s in-place simply lock the wheels. It’s easy to see why this waterer has such a large cult following. Critter Concepts also offers multiple sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your dog or dogs, the simple spout and bucket system is one of the best features–making it easy to use and difficult to break, and the basin is very easy to empty and clean. Oh! And it’s almost impossible for a dog to knock this one over!
Best for: Camping, the backyard, multi-dog families, families on a budget
5. CPROSP Animal Drinking Bowl
Yes, we know this says it’s for livestock, but it works great for dogs, too! In fact, it works darn well! This waterer features heavy gauge stainless steel, meaning it won’t rust and it will last for years. It hooks up to a garden hose (you may need to purchase an adapter for 2/4” hoses) and you can mount it at whatever height you feel fits your dogs best. If you don’t have a spot to mount it, it still works if you set it on the ground.
- The backyard
- Multi-dog households
- Value on a budget
Why Use an Automatic Dog Waterer?
It’s happened to the best of us. We walk into the kitchen, glance down, and realize our dog’s water bowl is bone dry. Then comes the flood of guilt and questions like “how long has it been empty?” Dogs need water to be healthy and prevent illness. In fact, dehydration can even be fatal for some dogs.
How much water is enough water? According to Fetch by WebMD, dogs need one ounce of water per pound of body weight. That’s a lot of water if you have multiple dogs, no matter how large or small.
Automatic dog waterers work well for a wide array of dog owners. Some of which include
- Dog parents that are tired of picking up the bowl to refill it several times per day
- Households with several thirsty dogs
- Owners that work long hours
- Dogs that are picky drinkers
- Dog parents with a disability or limited mobility that makes filling the water bowls difficult
- Dogs with urinary health conditions or kidney problems
Water, water everywhere and so many drops to drink! If you’ve been hunting for the perfect automatic waterer, we hope that you’ll take the plunge and choose the one you think would work best for your dog’s needs. Watering helps keep your dog healthy, hydrated, and ready for the next adventure!