Best Automatic Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers for 2019

Best Automatic Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers for 2019

  • 29 min read
  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Dog water fountains are an excellent way to ensure your dog always has a source of clean, fresh water. They don’t need to be refilled as frequently as the standard water bowl, allow you a little more leeway when providing fresh water, but they require more maintenance than a simple bowl. The added bonus with a fountain is that the running water will usually get your dog to drink more water during the day. Running water is irresistible to your four-legged family member and you and your veterinarian will be appreciative of your pup’s increased water intake. Fountains can aerate the water and help reduce the number of microorganisms that grow easily in still water.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best automatic dog water fountain

Best Overall

PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic pet Drinking Fountain

8/10

70 oz capacity

Ceramic

Top-shelf dishwasher safe

Dog can drink from top or bottom level

Plastic interior components

Noisy pump and water trickling sound

Filters are too thick

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Ceramic
plastic
SIZE
10.5 x 8.9 x 5.75 (bowl height 3)
COLOR CHOICES
4

Pet Fountain PETFLY Automatic Water Dispenser

6/10

BPA free, PP resin material

2.5 liter capacity

Silent pump

Cascade aerates the water

Needs aftermarket filters

Lots of areas where grime can accumulate

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
9 x 9 x 7 (4 inch drop for water)
COLOR CHOICES
1

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

5/10

128 oz capacity

5 customizable streams

Top shelf dishwasher safe

Pump can be completely disassembled

Stainless steel can rust

Has to be cleaned at least weekly

Filters can slow down flow of water

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade-style
MATERIAL
Stainless steel and plastic
SIZE
14 x 14 x 9
COLOR CHOICES
1

Our Pets SmartLink Intelligent Water Fountain

5/10

Non-slip bottom

Smartphone app for monitor pet proximity to the fountain

64 oz capacity bowl

Carbon filter

Bluetooth fobs for collars are gimmicky and unreliable

Lots of parts

Higher price point

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic and stainless steel
SIZE
14 x 16 x 10
COLOR CHOICES
1

Pet Fountain Feeder with Food Bowl, Built-In Safety Light

4/10

12.5 cup capacity

Activated carbon filter

Built-in nightlight

Water level indicator

Best for small dogs only

Food dish could easily spill over into food

Noisy

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
12.5 x 8.7 x 6
COLOR CHOICES
1

Flightbird 1.5m Radar Sensing Pet Water Fountain

3/10

LED lights

Automatic shut-off when water level is low

Multiple crevices and grooves for bacteria

Difficult and complicated to clean

Wires too close to water

Best for small dogs only

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
10.5 x 8.8 x 5.5
COLOR CHOICES
1

Fountain Blue Pet Fountain for Small Dogs

7/10

Interchangeable spouts

Silent pump

60oz capacity

BPA free plastic

Dishwasher safe

For smaller dogs only

Plastic is lower quality

Needs to be cleaned frequently

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
12.3 x 3.2 x 5.1
COLOR CHOICES
2

Heyrex Torus Self-Filling Pet Water Bowl For Dogs

1/10

No electricity needed

Water is gravity fed

Travel friendly

Minimal splashing

2 liter capacity

Matte finish can be difficult to clean

Very difficult to clean reservoir

Difficult to gauge water level

Knob is irresistible to chewers

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Hybrid bottle/bowl style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11 x11 x 3.2
COLOR CHOICES
7

Gizaniton Pet Fountain Water Dispenser

1/10

BPA-free PP resin plastic

Quiet pump

Interchangeable water flow settings

2.8L capacity

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade or top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11 x 7 x 5.5
COLOR CHOICES
1

Wakrays Automatic Electric 1.8L-3L Pet Water Fountain

6/10

3 liter capacity

LED light for nighttime

Silent pump

Reservoir keeps water fresh

Reservoir is difficult to clean

Design will necessitate frequent cleaning

Complicated to put together

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade/bowl style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.6 x 9.8 x 4.3
COLOR CHOICES
1

Pioneer Pet Swan Pet Drinking Fountain

7/10

BPA free plastic

Dishwasher safe

Quiet pump

No automatic shut-off

Unit can spatter or be diverted onto floor

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
12 x 8 x 3
COLOR CHOICES
1

Dog H2O Pet Water Fountain 200 fl. oz

7/10

6 liter capacity

Water level indicator

Quiet pump

Surface skimmer

Filters need to be changed frequently

Divider in the bottom reservoir is not watertight so not all the water is being filtered

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
13 x 12.1 x 7.6
COLOR CHOICES
1

Pecute Electric Pet USB Fountain 1.6L, Ultra-Quiet USB

8/10

3 drinking areas

BPA free high quality plastic

Easy disassembly

Dishwasher safe

Best for smaller dogs

Will need to be refilled frequently

Smaller capacity

Noisy

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray/cascade hybrid
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
8.9 x 8.9 x 4.2
COLOR CHOICES
1

Lock Laces Bark Bottle: Leak-Proof Dog Water Bottle

7/10

Convenient for travel and long walks

Water dispensing mechanism

Carbon filter

Easy disassembly

Seal can be easily compromised causing leaks

Charcoal filter replacement hard to source

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11 x 2.5
COLOR CHOICES
3

Tespo Pet Drinking Water Dispenser

7/10

2 liter capacity

PP resin

3 layer filtering system

For small dogs only

Filters can be expensive

Not dishwasher safe

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.8 x 6.2
COLOR CHOICES
3

HoneyGuaridan Pet Water Automatic Fountain, 2.5L

8/10

3 light colors/working modes

Proximity sensor

Quiet pump

BPA free PP resin

Proximity sensor sometimes doesn’t work

Pump does not have an automatic shut-off

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
10.2 x 6.3 x 7.9
COLOR CHOICES
2

PetSafe Drinkwell Original Pet Water 50 oz Fountain

5/10

50 oz capacity

Dishwasher safe

BPA free plastic

Optional additional reservoir

No automatic shut off

Plastic breaks down

Loud

Quality control issues

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
26 x 26 x 8
COLOR CHOICES
1

PetSafe Drinkwell 2 Gallon Dog and Cat Water Fountain

5/10

BPA free plastic

Adjustable flow

50% higher carbon content in filters

Noisy pump

Plastic seams can leak

Cleaning requires additional tools

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
14.6 x 15.4 x 10.1
COLOR CHOICES
1

Flexzion Replenish Pet Water Dispenser Station

7/10

Antimicrobial material

Non-skid rubber feet

3 liter capacity

Not dishwasher safe

Cheaper plastic parts

Water level in bowl is always high

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (12.5 x 5.1 x 5.1)
large (18 x 17.5 x 10.5)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Petmate Stainless Steel Replendish Waterer

4/10

Non-skid rubber feet

Dishwasher safe base

1 gallon capacity

For smaller dogs

Seam between bowl and bottle valve can leak

Steel rusts

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
plastic
metal
SIZE
14 x 12 x 8
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Budget

Old Tjikko Dogs Water Dispenser

7/10

BPA free plastic

Non-skid rubber feet

3.8 liter capacity

For small to medium size dogs

Valve can be tricky to adjust

Unit may leak

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
12.2 x 12.6 x 9
COLOR CHOICES
1

OWNPETS Pet Drinking Fountain

7/10

ABS/BPA free plastic

Quiet pump

Upper or lower drinking areas

Will need frequent cleaning

Lots of crevices that may harbor bacteria

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small 2.3 liters (9.84 x 9.84)
large 3 liters (12.5 x 12.5 x 5.6)
COLOR CHOICES
1

IPETTIE Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain

7/10

2.1 liter capacity

Dual filter system (foam and carbon)

Quiet pump (comes with spare)

For small to medium dogs

Not dishwasher safe

Pump is lower quality and may fail

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Ceramic
plastic
SIZE
10.7 x 10.7 x 5.5
COLOR CHOICES
2

Dogit Fresh & Clear Drinking Fountain for Dogs

3/10

9 liter capacity

BPA free plastic

Dual filter system

Weak, loud pump

Quality control issues

Very heavy once filled

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
12.3 x 14.7 x 14.7
COLOR CHOICES
1

Design Alfresco Outdoor Drinking Fountain

1/10

LED lit cube

Multi-stage filtration

Outdoor-certified transformer

Paint over resin/fiberglass, flakes off

Strong chemical odor

Porous material

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray/cascade hybrid style
MATERIAL
Plastic resin
fiberglass
SIZE
12 x 14.3 x 10.3
COLOR CHOICES
1

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Style Water Fountain, 96-Ounce

6/10

96 oz capacity

Dishwasher safe

Charcoal filter

Pump will need frequent cleaning

Potential problems with cord

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray/cascade hybrid style
MATERIAL
Steel
plastic
SIZE
10.5 x 9.5 x 4.5
COLOR CHOICES
1

Dogit Design Fresh and Clear Dog Drinking Fountain

8/10

6 liter capacity

BPA free plastic

Multi-stage filtration

Water flow is not adjustable

Pump is low quality

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
9.75 x 12 x 6.75
COLOR CHOICES
1

PETKIT Alert Carbonated Smart Pet Dog Fountain

8/10

3-stage filtration system

Water level indicator on side

Quiet pump

Pump is cheap, built into unit, hard to clean

Best for smaller dogs

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.8 x 7.8 x 6.6
COLOR CHOICES
1

Lotus Pet Fountain Dog 97 oz/2.6L Dual Filters

7/10

2.3 liter capacity

BPA free plastic

Dual filtration system

For small to medium dogs

Lights may deter dogs from drinking

Noisy

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
12.6 x 11 x 6.3
COLOR CHOICES
1

Catit Fountain

6/10

3 liter capacity

Great size for smaller dogs

Dual action filtration

BPA free plastic

Filters are expensive and need frequent replacement

Noisy pump

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Cascade style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
9 x 8.3 x 7.7
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Quality

"Ebi" Ceramic PF18020 Pet Fountain

9/10

3 filter system

Handmade in the US

Aquarium grade mechanism

Fountain is ceramic and could break

Higher price point

Filters need more work to replace

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Top tray style
MATERIAL
Ceramic
plastic
SIZE
6.5 x 10.5 x 10.5
COLOR CHOICES
1

AmazonBasics Self-Dispensing Gravity Pet Waterer

3/10

1 gallon or 2.5 gallon capacity

Wide mouth bottle

Non-skid rubber feet

Side handles

Hand wash only

Leaks easily, valve needs adjustment

Fills bowl to rim, easily spilled

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (12.4 x 6.9 x 12.1)
large (18.5 x 10.6 x 20.9)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Aspen Pet Lebistro Gravity Waterer

7/10

BPA free plastic

Spill-resistant lip

Water reservoir is brittle plastic

Difficult to set reservoir into base

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (.5 gallon)
small (1 gallon)
medium (2.5 gallon)
large (4 gallon)
COLOR CHOICES
7

Petmate Replendish Gravity Waterer w/Microban

5/10

Charcoal filter

Wide-mouth reservoir

BPA free plastic

Made in the US

Not dishwasher safe

Difficult to disassemble

Bowl does not fill easily

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (.5 gallon)
small (1 gallon)
medium (2.5 gallon)
large (4 gallon)
COLOR CHOICES
4

PetSafe Healthy Pet Water Station

7/10

Stainless steel bowl

Wide mouth reservoir

BPA free plastic

Spout sometimes malfunctions, blocking water flow

Leaks when left on uneven surface

Steel can rust

TYPE OF WATER DISPENSER
Bottle style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (64 oz)
medium (128 oz)
large (320 oz)
COLOR CHOICES
1

How to Choose a Dog Water Fountain/Dispenser:

One of the biggest concerns with your dog’s source of water should keeping it fresh and free from bacteria. Dog fountains and dispensers are convenient from day to day but also require frequent maintenance. All dog water dispensers will all need to be broken down and cleaned weekly, some more often. Whether they are made of ceramic, stainless steel, or plastic, they will all have places where bacteria and slime can form and potentially make your dog very sick if not maintained properly. We’ve looked at 35 dog water dispensers and fountains to compare features, ease of maintenance, the frequency that your filter will need to be changed, and how easy it is for your dog to use.

We’ve narrowed our reviews into several categories for dog water fountains and dispensers:

Top Tray Style:A dispenser/fountain with water bubbling into a tray above a reservoir below

  • Reservoir below usually contains a filter
  • Flatter surface area for dog to drink from

Cascade Style:Water is dispensed over a surface or above a tray that the dog drinks from

  • More running water over a surface means more areas for dog to lick or drink from
  • Sometimes harder to take apart
  • More water exposed to air will necessitate more frequent refills

Bottle Style:A plastic bottle/water reservoir holding water that is released into a bowl as the bowl is emptied

  • Water is not exposed to air all at once
  • Typically does not have a filter system
  • Water sits in the bowl and is not circulated

Not all dogs will like to drink from a fountain that is gurgling or noisy and some of them can get loud when the water level runs low and the motor is straining. This could easily frighten off more timid or nervous dogs.

Some dogs are extremely sensitive to plastic and get acne on their chin and jowl areas from exposure to plastic bowls and feeders. Steel and ceramic are an excellent alternative and may help alleviate or eliminate this problem altogether. Many bowls that are listed stainless steel may still rust, especially if run through the dishwasher or not cleaned and allowed to air dry properly.

Unless otherwise specified, these fountains are all for indoor use only. Buy brushes! Some companies such sell brush kits specifically for cleaning their fountains and there are bottle brushes on the market as well that will make cleaning easier. These are an excellent investment in your dog’s health and your peace of mind.