Best Pet Fountains

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 29, 2019
One of the best ways to improve the health of your pet is to make it drink more water. And a pet fountain will help with that. In this review, you'll find five best pet fountains available among which you should be able to find one that will be right for you and for your lovely pet. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Pet Size
Material
Capacity
Water filter
Convenience
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Thanks to the ceramic construction, the fountain neither gets slimy nor contains any toxic substance. The eco-friendly ceramic is also a very strong material, meaning the fountain is nearly impossible to tip over and break.

CONS

Replacements are rather costly.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a stylish fountain that will create gentle bubbles, providing constant aeration and filtration, the IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain is one of the best offerings on the market today. With its lotus design and whisper-quiet operation, it’s a good fit for any room.

detailed parameters
Pet Size

Cats or small dogs

Material

Ceramic 

Capacity

71 oz

Water filter

Dual filtration (Mechanical + Chemical) system

Convenience

Triple free-falling design, Whisper-quiet operation, Easy to assemble, All parts can be washed

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

The waterer is available in four different capacities ranging from 1/2 gallon to 4 gallons. No matter the size, dogs, and cats will be able to enjoy constant access to water. And to complement your home decor, the bowl comes in 4 different colors.

CONS

The water in the bowl tends to accumulate fur and crumbs. 

OUR VERDICT

The Petmate Gravity Waterer is a good thing to have at disposal. It can simplify your life by supplying your furry friends with water when you're not at home. And owing to its huge capacity, it's one of the best options for multiple pet households. It's cordless and can be used outdoors.

detailed parameters
Pet Size

Pets of all sizes

Material

BPA-free plastic

Capacity

77 oz to 615 oz

Water filter

Charcoal filter 

Convenience

Gravity flow design, Microban antimicrobial protection, Base is dishwasher safe

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The fountain has 2 levels for pets to drink. This design provides easy access to water for energetic pets or those suffering from arthritis and other conditions. Also, this design enables multiple pets to drink simultaneously.

CONS

The cleaning is a bit of a hassle.

OUR VERDICT

The PetSafe Drinkwell Multi-Tier Dog and Cat Water Fountain is a frills-free model which is ideal for pet owners who need a budget-friendly aerated water supply. And owing to its multi-tier construction, it will be particularly useful for arthritic or senior pets.

detailed parameters
Pet Size

Cats and small to medium-sized dogs 

Material

BPA-free plastic

Capacity

100 oz

Water filter

Activated carbon filter

Convenience

Stable design, Two drinking areas, Top-shelf dishwasher safe

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This fountain has a built-in reservoir that increases capacity and extends the time between refillings. The large, clear tank allows you to easily see how much water is left. The reservoir is also very easy to remove and refill with minimal spillage.

CONS

It's rather bulky.

OUR VERDICT

The PetSafe PWW00-13703 Drinkwell Platinum is stoutly-built, stable, and large enough for multiple pets to lap up fresh, aerated water. Probably, it's the best option for the owners of large pets and large houses.

detailed parameters
Pet Size
Pets of all sizes
Material
BPA-free plastic
Capacity
168 oz
Water filter

Carbon filter

Convenience

The spout and the receiving ramp reduce splash of water, Snap-on lid to prevent accidental removal

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

You can control the flow of water by increasing or decreasing its strength. Also, this pet water dispenser allows you to adjust the number of streaming jets from 1 to 5, which allows multiple pets to drink from different streaming sources at the same time.

CONS

The pump could be more powerful.

OUR VERDICT

The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Dog and Cat Fountain with sleek stainless steel casing not only shines by itself but also shines in its ability to provide fresh drinking water to a few pets. It'll tap their curiosity and lure them to drink more water.

detailed parameters
Pet Size

Pets of all sizes

Material

Stainless Steel 

Capacity

128 oz

Water filter

Carbon filter, Foam filter

Convenience

Stable design, Adjustable flow control cap, Top-shelf dishwasher safe, 5 interchangeable spout rings included

WARRANTY

1 year

IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic

Attractive Design

Being one of the pickiest animals in the world, cats hate normal water dishes. They need something elegant and exclusive, something like the IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain. With this beautiful and tasty source of fresh drinking water, your furry pet will always stay well-hydrated.

The white tower and bowl of this fountain will match most interiors, while the lotus-shaped sides along with large diameter will allow for easy access by multiple cats simultaneously.

Undeniably, the biggest highlight of the iPettie fountain is its ceramic construction. Because it's not plastic, it neither gets slimy nor contains any toxic substance. The eco-friendly ceramic is also a very strong material, meaning the fountain is nearly impossible to tip over and break. With this, both the bowl and the tower are dishwasher safe.

The fountain’s unique design gives pets the option of drinking right from the fountain basin or moving water as it runs down the tower. This circulating water dish has a generous 71-oz capacity enough for small dogs and any breed of cats to enjoy clean water for about a week without refills.

Review of IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain

Whisper Quiet Operation

The best part is that the pump circulating the water through the iPettie Tritone is nearly silent. The fountain runs with low 2W power consumption, so the whisper-quiet pump won’t scare your pets with a loud noise or bother you at night.

Speaking about filtration properties, the bowl uses a dual filtration system. At the first stage, the roughing foam filter removes large debris like hair and bits of food from the water as it's drawn from the fountain basin. Afterward, the water passes through the activated carbon/charcoal filter that removes finer particles which may potentially produce bad odors or tastes. At the last stage, the water is softened.

As a nice touch, the package includes two spare charcoal filters and a pump to save you money on replacements in the long run.

All in all, if you need a stylish fountain that will create gentle bubbles, providing constant aeration and filtration, the IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Indoor Pet Drinking Fountain is one of the best offerings on the market today. With its lotus design and whisper-quiet operation, it will be a good fit for any room.

IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain in the use

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Petmate Replendish Gravity

An Alternative

When it comes to recirculating fountains, they provide constant aeration of the water in the bowls to prevent the formation of bad odors and tastes. Most of them also filter water from small debris as it is circulated. However, this product is completely different. It's not a fountain but a cordless gravity waterer that is rated even better than some sophisticated pet fountains. What's the secret?

For one, this gravity-fed watering system is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is fill it, assemble "upside down" and then turn it upright. No pump installation. No instructions needed.

For two, it's extremely solid. It has a BPA-free plastic base and bottle. We dare say, this dispenser will last for more than 5 years.

For three, this automatic water bowl can suit just any breed and any need. The thing is that it's available in four different capacities ranging from 1/2 gallon to 4 gallons. No matter the size, dogs and cats will be able to enjoy constant access to the water. And to complement the decor, the bowl comes in Pearl Silver Gray, Mason Silver, Pearl Peacock blue, and Pearl Lady Pink designs.

And, finally, the price. Petmate automatic bowl is a bit more affordable than fountains. So, if you're looking for a cheaper and more capacious alternative to standard fountains, it could be a solid fit.

Review of Petmate Replendish Gravity Waterer with Microban

What About Filtration?

The Petmate bowl has one thing that makes it superior to most other similar models - unlike most gravity waterers, it's fitted with a charcoal filter. The said filter installs at the mouth of the reservoir and removes impurities to supply your pets with pure and refreshing water.

Moreover, the bowl boasts Microban Antimicrobial Protection that helps prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria in the base. For convenient cleaning, the bottle can be unscrewed and thrown into a dishwasher.

Since there are no mechanic parts, the water flows nearly silent from the reservoir into the bowl. The only niggle with this product is that when the water gets inside the bowl, it doesn't circulate through the filter like in a powered fountain. As a result, fur and crumbs of food may accumulate inside. Hence, frequent cleaning is required. But other than that, it's a good waterer to have at your disposal. It can simplify your life by supplying your furry friends with water when you're not at home. And owing to its huge capacity, it's one of the best options for multiple pet households.

Petmate Replendish Gravity Waterer with Microban in the use

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PetSafe Drinkwell Multi-Tier

Reasonable Choice

If you're in the market for a true pet fountain that won't cost you an arm and a leg, you should definitely consider the PetSafe Drinkwell Multi-Tier Dog and Cat Water Fountain. With this affordably priced unit, you just can not go wrong.

Even though the Drinkwell fountain doesn't offer bells and whistles, it accomplishes its main goal perfectly. It offers fresh, circulating water to your pets by pumping it through a carbon filter and aerating it with oxygen in the process. That is to say, the fountain prevents the formation of stagnant, anaerobic conditions in the drinking water which might produce bad odors and tastes. And while the water goes through carbon filters, the strain dirt and other particles are trapped.

The said carbon filter is made from coconut shells to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria. This way, you can be sure your pets are drinking healthy water.

The Drinkwell Multi-Tier Pet Fountain with its continuous stream of water can really increase their drive for hydration, resulting in the minimal risk of kidney diseases.

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Ideal for Pets with Conditions

The unit is very set it up - you should simply follow the detailed instructions from the manual. After assembly, all you need to do is pour water and plug it in. The fountain can hold up to 100 oz of liquid, which is sufficient for cats and dogs under 50 pounds. It may last for a few days without a need for replenishment.

But the major selling point of the PetSafe Drinkwell dispenser is its multitier construction. The fountain has 2 levels for pets to drink. This design provides easy access to water for either energetic pets or those suffering from arthritis and other conditions.

Between the two tiers, there’s a ramp which dampens the sound made by the waterfall. Really helpful if you don't like the sound of running water.

However, the downside to this smart construction is a bit tricky maintenance. General cleaning requires you to disassemble and reassemble everything (the bowl or water basin, the pumping motor, and the water reservoir). Still, it's a minor con with the otherwise perfect water dispenser.

Summing up, the PetSafe Drinkwell Multi-Tier Dog and Cat Water Fountain is a frills-free model which is ideal for pet owners who need a budget-friendly aerated water supply. And owing to its multi-tier construction, it will be particularly useful for arthritic or senior pets.

PetSafe Drinkwell Multi-Tier Automatic Drinking Fountain for Pets in the use

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PetSafe PWW00-13703

Size and Structure

The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum is an impressive fountain for pets of all sizes. With an incredible 168oz water capacity, it's one of the most popular choices of multi-pet families and owners of large dogs that want to encourage animals to drink more water and want this water to be fresh, oxygenated and clean.

The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum is a universal cat and dog fountain with a top-notch cleaning system. The pre-filter captures hair, dust, and other tiny particles before they reach the motor, while a high-quality carbon water filter absorbs bad tastes and foul odors, improving the water taste.

Yet, what makes the model a standout is a built-in reservoir that removes the need to refill it frequently. As we've said above, it easily fits up to 168 oz of water, which will ensure your peace of mind in that your pet has enough water to drink even if you plan on being away from home for some time. Also, we like that the tank is completely transparent, making it easy to see how much water is left and when it runs out of the water, it is very easy to remove it and refill.

The fountain is aesthetically pleasing with its smooth, clean lines and a sturdy wide base. When properly filled, it's very quiet too - all you might hear is just a gentle tinkling of water. By the way, the water flow is adjustable, so you can choose the rate specifically for your pet's preferences.

Review of PetSafe PWW00-13703 Drinkwell Platinum

It will Serve You For Years

Although there's the word "platinum" in the name of the product, you won't find any platinum in its content. The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum electric fountain is manufactured entirely of plastic, but this plastic is BPA-free and heavy-duty and will survive through years of vigorous use (of course, if maintained properly).

The manufacturer recommends disassembling and cleaning the fountain along with the pump around once every two weeks. The frequency with which the unit should be cleaned largely depends on the environmental factors such as dust or the hardness of your water.

All the components can get cleaned with mild liquid dish soap and warm water. And if the plastic reservoir gets a musty smell to it, you can try to soak it in a 2-to-1 vinegar-to-water mixture for 15 minutes. Overall, the cleaning doesn't take much time and should not be a big issue.

With regular cleaning and timely replacement of filters, the pet fountain will serve you for a long time. It's stoutly-built, stable, and large enough for multiple pets to lap up fresh, aerated water.

PetSafe PWW00-13703 Drinkwell Platinum in the use

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PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Stainless Steel

Adjust It as You Like

The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Dog and Cat Fountain with sleek stainless steel casing not only shines by itself but also shines in its ability to provide a fresh flow of drinking water. The water fountain distributes liquid into the large bowl in free-falling motion, tapping your pets’ curiosity and luring them to drink more.

Unlike most other waterers on the market, this one is produced from durable stainless steel that makes the unit hygienic and easy to clean. But even though the stainless steel material inhibits bacteria growth by itself, the fountain has additional filters for purifying the water - a foam filter and a carbon filter. The first one is for catching dirt while the other one is for removing unwanted taste and odors.

The Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain has a submersible pump that circulates water, cleans it and enriches with oxygen. However, the main concern raised by some owners about the pump is that it's a bit too weak. On the upside, you can control the flow of water by increasing or decreasing the strength. On the max setting, it's quite OK.

Also, this pet water dispenser allows you to adjust the number of streaming jets. It comes bundled with 5 different spout designs with a different number of spouts. You can set the water to flow through 1 to 5 directions. The maximum option is good for homes with many pets, allowing them to drink from different streaming sources at the same time.

Review of PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Dog and Cat Fountain

Accustom Your Pets to It

Though most pets generally don’t have any issues using this product, the manufacturer gives some useful tips on how to accustom your dog or cat to this flowing water source.

1. At first, pour some water in this fountain but don’t plug it in. Let your furry friends understand this is the place where they’ll be getting their water.
2. Switch on the fountain for short periods of time so that your pet can get accustomed to it.

3. Once your pet gets used to the fountain, turn it on permanently.

The circular design will give easy access to the bowl for a few pets, while decent water capacity will supply them with water for a day or two.

The majority of pet owners are satisfied with this modern-looking fountain. It can add a stylish touch to your house and supply a few pets with clear water for a couple of days (without refilling).

PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Dog and Cat Fountain in the use

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What Is a Pet Fountain?

We all know that water is important to the health of human beings. Just as it is important to the health of all other living organisms inhabiting this planet, including our domestic cats and dogs. This is why it's very important to provide our pets with a continuous source of clean water, so they can quench their thirst at any point in time and feel energized and healthy.

The health benefits pet fountains offer are numerous. One of the most important ones is that they supply only clean water, preliminary removing from it all the impurities, sediment, toxins, bacteria and other leftovers that tend to settle in it. Another perk, as we've said, is that they provide a continuous flow of water so that you don't need to worry about your pet running out of water when you're not at home. Finally, pet fountains can encourage pets to drink more water, which is especially important if you have felines, which are known to have a very low thirst drive. By moving the water in a metal bowl, a pet fountain will arise the feeling of curiosity in your cat, thus making it want to explore it and, as a result, drink water.

We hope that because you're reading this, the health of your pet is important to you and you want to provide your little friend with everything he needs to be healthy and happy. If this is true, buying a pet fountain is a must. Another thing we'd definitely recommend you to acquire is a pet door. Once you have a pet door in your house, you'll be able to spend a few more hours in your bed and let your feline or dog walk in and out freely when they want.

What Features to Compare

Size and Capacity

When choosing a pet fountain for your pet, it will be a good idea to consider its size, and we don't just mean the space it will take in your home. What's really important is that it has the right dimensions for your pet - what will be good for large breeds of dogs won't be convenient for cats and kittens and vice versa. The volume of a pet fountain is also important. It should be sufficient to supply enough water for your pet without you having to refill it too often. And if you have a dog as well as a cat in your home, both pets should be able to reach the water and share it without inconveniences.

Filters

Most modern pet fountains are fitted with a filter to remove debris and sediment which are usually found in tap water. In cheaper models, filters will be simple and cope only with hair or some tiny objects that might have dropped in the bowl. Antibacterial and charcoal filters are usually installed on more sophisticated pet fountains and help not only clean water from impurities but also kill harmful bacteria, providing your pet with odor-free, tasty and 100% clean water. Also, make sure to check whether the filters used are easy to find in your store, how easy it is to change them, and how much they cost. After this, check the fountain appearance and its construction peculiarities. Although you won’t need to clean the water, you will still need to clean the fountain once in a while, and it should be quite easy to disassemble it without the help of specialist cleaners or some special tools.

Appearance

As we’ve already mentioned it’s important to check the fountain appearance. For one, it should be quite easy to take the fountain apart, and for two, it should blend in with the interior of your living space and not stick out like a sore thumb. Pet fountains are designed in various colors and styles. You can find simpler models which are usually made from white plastic as well as those crafted from ceramic and stainless steel. For our taste, ceramic is the most attractive option, but even simpler plastic models will look very good.

Movement

The movement of liquid in the bowl is done by a pump installed inside the fountain. This is what distinguishes a pet fountain from many other similar devices. Without the movement of water, a pet fountain wouldn’t look so enticing for pets and a result, it wouldn’t arise so much interest in them. However, because there’s a pump inside the unit, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t operate very loudly. There are many models that in addition to the noise of the pump sound louder due to the movement of water in the bowl. So, we recommend checking if a pet fountain has a quiet pump. That being said, many people find the sound of water relaxing and for them, the sound of the motor is not a problem at all.

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What Does Water Do for Pets?

The proper water intake is crucial for the overall well-being of your pet.

  • Aids the digestive system. The main purpose of water is to transport nutrients in/out of the cells of the pet’s body. Simply put, it promotes the digestion of food and aids in the absorption of the nutrients. Water also serves to help organs secrete the enzymes and acids for completing the digestive process.

  • Normalizes body temperature. Water also works to maintain an optimal body temperature of your pet. When it’s boiling hot outside, water can be the only salvation. It circulates through the whole body and cools it down, preventing overheating.

  • Maintains joint health. Water also lubricates and cushions pet joints, making movement easier and less painful. The spine and other tissues are also cushioned by moisture, which is especially important for elderly pets or those with movement issues.

  • Flushes out waste and toxins. Fresh water also removes wastes and toxins from the body through urination.

  • Improves overall health and vitality. Just like with humans, the pet's body functions and organs require water. And without the adequate water supply, organs might become damaged and your pet can become ill quickly. So, pets that drink the right amount of water is typically healthy and active.

How Much Water Does My Pet Need?

How much your dog or cat should drink solely depends on their activity level, breed, age and the climate you live in. But, in general, most dogs need about 1 ounce of liquid per 1 lb of weight daily. That is to say, an average pup needs to drink 8.5 oz - 17 oz of water per 10 lbs.

Puppies, who are very active, and lactating dogs typically need more water than average adult dogs.

The diet plays an important role too. If your dog’s food contains a small amount of moisture, he will need more water than those pets fed by canned food.

Speaking about cats, the optimal amount of water also depends on a variety of factors (size, activity level, weather, lactation). Of course, such diseases as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney problems have a great impact on daily water requirements too. High heat and exercises can increase the water amount as well.

So how much water should a cat drink on average? A general daily water requirement makes from 5 oz to 10 oz per day.

The cats eating canned food need less, while pets fed by dry food require more. The canned food contains about 70-80% water, while dry cat food is only 7-10% water.

Signs of Dehydration

Pets can easily get dehydrated if they don’t drink enough water. And dehydration in turn causes a plethora of health problems, let alone organs can shut down altogether if they are deprived of water for a long time.

Here are two basic signs that will help you detect dehydration:

  • Pick up a fold of skin on the neck area of your pet, pull it up gently and then release. If the skin quickly returns to place, everything is ok. But if it returns with some hesitation and delay, it means that the dehydration is present.

  • Open a pet’s mouth and inspect his gums. In case they are dry, sticky or pale, this may be a sight of dehydration or some illness.

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