The best dog water fountains are the most effective way to get your dog(s) to drink more water, simply because running water is naturally more appealing than standing water. This is rooted in every single dog’s instinct as their ancestors favored running streams of water over standing water which was commonly contaminated and simply not clean enough for consumption.
Health-wise, great hydration for your dog decreases the risk of certain medical complications directly or indirectly caused by dehydration. But simply because of the convenience, having a dog water fountain means less worrying about how much water is left in the bowl and how clean is the water left. For traveling, make sure you spend ten bucks on a quality collapsible dog bowl.
Aren’t All Pet & Dog Water Fountains The Same?
Watch your mouth, ha! No, they are absolutely not all the same. Often the supplies we imagine are the simplest, in fact, are really not. There are many things to consider before buying the water fountain for your dogs.
- Size of the Bowl — if you’ve got a Rottweiler instead of a Chihuahua, you will most certainly need a much larger bowl
- Depth of the Bowl — my Border Collie is a messy drinker and every time she drinks, she plays with the water… I had to buy a deep bowl so she couldn’t do it any longer
- Purification & Filters — there are various filtering systems, and each manufacturer may use its own proprietary filters
- Capacity — how many dogs have you got? just a couple or a whole kennel? will other pets drink from the fountain? is it summer time or winter? then decide on how much water the fountain should be able to hold
- Orientation — depending on how many dogs or pets you have, you may have to go with a fountain offering enough room for several pets to drink from at the same time
- Design & Color — the least important but usually what people base their choice on for the ultimate decision
These bullets should already give you an idea of what water fountain would suit you and your dogs the best, but you’ll never find the absolute perfect fountain for your precise dog.
Below are the best water fountains for dogs, and this is a Summer 2015 list so the most up-to-date out there!
1. PetSafe Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda Fountain
Elegantly designed but also very practical with a 2-liter (70 oz.) capacity reservoir, the Ceramic Pagoda Fountain will be appealing to the eye but also to your pets. It comes with a dual free-falling stream that adds freshness and oxygen in the water itself.
Coming in white or red, the porcelain looks beautiful and will definitely find a right spot at home! if you have dogs of different ages or sizes, the upper and lower bowls/dishes provide your animals with an adapted area that will make big pooches and small kittens happy!
- Multi-pet households
- Large dogs
2. PetSafe Drinkwell Big Dog Fountain
This is the #1 choice for packs composed of several large dogs because it contains a hell of a lot of water: 10 liters or 2.5 gallons! This is enormous, it easily lasts a pack of 3 large dogs about 1 week, depending on the weather.
The included charcoal filter removes bad tastes and bad odors, giving your big dogs the best possible and most appealing way to stay hydrated throughout entires days of hot weather.
The free-falling water makes it very appealing and the dish is pretty deep (5 inches) so your clumsy dogs won’t splash the water all around. I know it matters so much, especially when the dog water fountain will be kept indoors. If you need more control, there is an adjustable flow control lever to increase or decrease the flow of water.
- Very large dogs
- Heavy drinkers
- Messy drinkers
3. Pioneer Pet Big Max Stainless Steel Fountain
Rare are the fountain that are dishwasher safe, but the Pioneer Steel Dog Water Fountain is definitely dishwasher safe so it can save you some time for the cleaning.
Stainless steel is often recommended when dealing with dogs as it is extremely hard for the dirt and the bacterias to stick to it and proliferate. Please note than unless most cheap steel fountains, both the inside and the outside are made of high-grade stainless steel.
I used to have one of those plastic ones with a large water reservoir. These plastic fountains were so difficult to clean that I just had to keep replacing them after a while.
The fountain holds enough water for a day if you have two or three dogs, otherwise, it lasts even longer with its 128 oz / 3.5 liters reservoir.
- Quick cleaning
- One or two-dog families
4. PetSafe Outdoor Dog Fountain
Wow, this 3.5-gallon water capacity (16 liters!!) is ideal for alcoholic dogs as they will have enough water for half a month, and some. The DDOG-INOUT from PetSafe is built for outdoor use and large dogs mainly.
The deep drinking dish with high sides will prevent your dogs from splashing and spilling the water, and the two reservoirs are both having their individual filtration using included foam and charcoal filters.
The split water flowing system creates oxygenated water and keeps it fresh and clean for longer, even outside with all the elements.
One bad side though, it might not look as sexy as the other ones listed on this page. Mainly because it is destined to be left outside, and needs to favor sturdiness over sexiness.
- Outdoor use
- Large dog breeds
- Multi-dog households
- Messy Drinkers
- Heavy drinkers
5. Heyrex Torus Ultimate Pet Water Bowl For Dogs and Cats
Beautiful-looking slick dog water bowl with a cooling system embedded. Travel-friendly, this is a water fountain to bring on holidays or even to a friend’s house.
Despite its relatively small and compact size, the Heyrex Torus Water Bowl contains 2 liters of water (half a gallon) and… wait for it… requires no batteries or electricity at all. The water is gravity fed, crazy I know.
Activated carbon in the replaceable filter reduces the impurities, trace elements and flavours commonly present in municipal water supplies. Replacement filters are supplied in packs of 5. Each filter gives a month of clean water for your dog or cat.
This is the perfect water dish for any pet who is on the go, whether to dog shows or because the owners travel frequently. It is however not as thorough as the other contenders on this page in terms of capacity.
- Travelers & On-the-go owners
- Small and medium pets
6. PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain
To me, this is the better-looking pet water fountain on the marketplace today. I like the 360 design especially if you have many pets, it will suddenly become easier for them to all go drink together without having to squeeze themselves.
Another ingenious addition to the Drinkwell 360 Fountain is the interchangeable spout rings that can provide from 1 to 5 water streams at the same time. If you have one pet then you can leave one or two streams, but if you have more dogs or cats, you can make it even more entertaining with up to five water streams.
The reservoir contains 5 liters or 1 gallon. It is not the biggest available but this is not a water fountain built for Mastiff-type dogs. The Drinkwell 360 by PetSafe would suit perfectly a family of three or four small to medium-size pets.
- Multi-dog households
- Small to medium breeds
- Design lovers
7. Large Dog Water Dispenser 6.5 Gallons By Critter Concepts
Dog breeders, this is for you, just for you. Let’s say it now, this dog water dispenser might not look good but it does the job like no other. No fanciness, only practicality.
With a reservoir of 6.5 gallons (30 litres!) this water dispensers will provide your entire kennel with enough water forever. It is placed above 3-inch locking wheels to be moved with ease even by kids and seniors, and it has been FDA approved as a food-grade water container.
The manufacturer, Critter Concepts, offers a lifetime warranty and this is a product that is currently used in hundreds of dog rescue centres all over the United States. The manufacturer even gives a smart tip for hot days…
Freeze a gallon jug of water and drop it into the Critter Cooler like a big ice cube. It keeps the water cool, dogs will love you and it also inhibits algae growth.
We’ve got a list of the absolute best dog food containers as well in case you need to keep it fresh! Read Amazon reviews for Critter Concepts Large Dog Water Dispenser.