THE Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowl of 2019 (30 Tested)

THE Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowl of 2019 (30 Tested)

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  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Slow feeder dog bowls are a great option for pups who are enthusiastic eaters. There are many shapes, sizes and types on the market, predominantly made from stainless steel, ceramic, plastic, or silicone. We’re a big fan of silicone and steel feeding solutions because they are durable, not as porous, and easiest to keep clean. When purchasing a plastic bowl you should ensure the plastic is non-toxic, phthalate-free, and BPA-free. Plastic bowls will need to be replaced more frequently as well as the plastic breaks down.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best slow feed dog bowl

STARUBY 2 Pack Collapsible Dog Bowl

8/10

Collapsible, can be folded flat

Easy to take along for camping or road trips, one for water, one for food

2-pack is convenient

Easy to wash- dishwasher safe

Best for smaller to medium sized dogs

Ridges in bottom of bowl are relatively shallow- don’t slow down eating as much

Rim is made of plastic

MATERIAL
Silicone
Plastic
SIZE
7” diameter
5” bottom diameter
2.5” deep when expanded
0.7” deep when collapsed
CAPACITY
Up to 3 cups of food or 20 oz of water
COLOR CHOICES
2

Simply Pets Online Slow Feed Dog Bowl

7/10

Zero plastic content

Deep ridges and knobs effectively slow dog down

Design of ridges makes it impossible for dog to “follow” the groove and gulp food

Environmentally friendly

We do not know how long the bamboo fiber composite material lasts

Bamboo fiber composite can be brittle and shatter

May be difficult to clean

MATERIAL
Eco-friendly bamboo fibers
SIZE
11.8” diameter
2.7” deep
CAPACITY
3 cups
COLOR CHOICES
Orange

JASGOOD Dog Feeder Slow Eating Pet Bowl

3/10

Cannot be tipped over easily

Grooves and ridge construction is varied and will effectively slow eating

Dishwasher safe

Not well suited for dogs with short snouts such as bulldogs

Plastic is not as durable

Dish can be pushed around

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.1” diameter
1.7” depth
CAPACITY
1.5-2 cups of food
COLOR CHOICES
6 colors
4 styles

Best Budget

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Feed Bowl

8/10

Ideal for medium to large dogs

Base keeps it from sliding or tipping

Heavy-duty construction

Not well suited for smaller dogs or short-snouted dogs

Should not be washed in the dishwasher or plastic begins to peel

Somewhat brittle

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
Small (8.6” diameter x 2.2” depth)
Large (11.8” diameter x 2.7” depth)
CAPACITY
Small (2 cup capacity) and large (4 cup capacity)
COLOR CHOICES
5 Colors
5 Designs

Best Overall

OurPets DuraPet Slow Feed Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowl

10/10

Rounded plastic dome is not as rough on dog’s snout and face

Silicone ring keeps it from sliding

Easy to clean, hygienic

Smooth edges

Ideal for wet or dry food

May not slow eating down as effectively as multi-groove and ridge designs

The small size may still be too large for toy or very small dog breeds

MATERIAL
Stainless Steel
SIZE
Small (7.63” diameter x 1.75” depth)
Medium (9.5” diameter x 2.25” depth)
and Large (11.25” diameter x 2.5” depth)
CAPACITY
Small (3 cups)
Medium (5 cups)
Large (8 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Decyam Pet Fun Feeder Dog Bowl Slow Feeder

7/10

Soft rounded edges

Rubber grips on bottom to keep dish from sliding

Top-rack dishwasher safe

Very difficult to tip over

Dogs with shorter snouts may struggle with this bowl

Smaller capacity- one cup only

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.8” diameter
CAPACITY
1 cup
COLOR CHOICES
8
 Coodeo Slow Feed Dog Bowl for Small Dog & Cat

Coodeo Slow Feed Dog Bowl for Small Dog & Cat

3/10

Cute design

All-in-one solution

Water bowl is stainless steel

Non-slip rubber grips on bottom

Includes cleaning brush

Food can easily get into the water when being pushed around while eating

Cheap construction, not as durable

Can only be used with smaller dogs

MATERIAL
Plastic
Stainless Steel
SIZE
CAPACITY
¼ to ½ cup
COLOR CHOICES
4

Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Bowl

7/10

Dishwasher Safe

Unique construction

Higher off the ground

Rounded edges and protrusions

Suitable for wet or dry food

Can get brittle over time

Plastic is appealing to power chewer dogs

Dish may be too shallow for sloppy eaters

MATERIAL
Plastic
Rubber
SIZE
X-Small (5.6” x1.8”)
Small (7.1” diameter x 2.5” depth)
Medium (8.7” diameter x 3” depth)
Large (10.8”diameter x 3.8” depth)
CAPACITY
X-Small (4.7oz)
Small (10.1oz)
Medium (20.2oz)
Large (40.5oz)
COLOR CHOICES
4

TechDutch Pet Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

4/10

Square base with rubber feet discourages sliding

Lots of raised areas/protrusions discouraging gulping food

Dishwasher safe

Rubber feet are not glued in

Lightweight, attractive to power chewers

Not suitable for dogs with a shorter snout

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7” diameter
8” base
1.6” depth
CAPACITY
1 cup
COLOR CHOICES
2

Foir Anti-Gulping Fun Feeder Slow Feed

6/10

Deep protrusions and center compartment

Food-safe plastic

Top-shelf dishwasher safe

Suitable for wet or dry food

Slip-resistant base

Not suitable for dogs with shorter snout

Plastic can be attractive to power chewers

Edges are not as rounded as they could be, may irritate dog’s mouth and jaws

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.8” diameter
1.6” depth
CAPACITY
2 cups
COLOR CHOICES
7

The Company of Animals - Northmate Interactive Green 1 Feeder

7/10

Unique design

Difficult to tip over

Dishwasher safe

Slip-resistant base

Suitable for wet or dry food

Dog may push dry kibble out of bowl onto floor

Short-snouted dogs may be frustrated by this one

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
16" long x 11.5" across x up to ~4" high
CAPACITY
2 cups
COLOR CHOICES
1

Martha Stewart Slow Feeder Pet Bowl

8/10

Thick, heavy plastic

Slip-resistant base

Suitable for wet or dry food

Dishwasher safe

Plastic can be brittle

Protrusions are somewhat shallow

Can become brittle and shatter easily

MATERIAL
Plastic
rubber
SIZE
small (6.9” diameter
2.2” depth)
large (8.7” diameter
2.8” depth)
CAPACITY
small (5.75 fl oz)
large (15.6 fl oz)
COLOR CHOICES
3

AmazonBasics Dog Slow Feeder Bowl, “Tic Tac Toe”

5/10

Unique square design

Food safe plastic

Slip-resistant base

Dishwasher safe

Tough to flip over

Quite shallow

Compartments will not slow down dog

Attractive to power-chewers

Dish will slide on hard floors

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
9.84” square
2.3” depth
CAPACITY
50oz
COLOR CHOICES
1

ALL FOR PAWS Interactive Food Maze Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

5/10

Very distinctive design

2 inserts, one bowl

Top rack dishwasher safe

Food-safe plastic

Slip-resistant base

Green inserts can come out and become chew toys

Bacteria can build up under green inserts

Does not hold liquids

Use in the car only

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11” across
3.1” depth
CAPACITY
2 cups
COLOR CHOICES
1

Hubulk Slow Feed Dog Bowl

6/10

Use with wet or dry food

Dishwasher safe

ABS Plastic

Protrusions are well rounded

Non-slip pads come off easily

May be easier for some dogs to gulp food from

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.9” diameter
2” depth
CAPACITY
1.5 cups
COLOR CHOICES
3

ProSelect Dog Stainless Steel Brake-Fast Slow Feed Bowl

1/10

Slip-resistant base

Made in the USA

Construction is flawed

Visible soldering at the base of the stanchions

Not a seamless design

Rubber ring falls off

MATERIAL
Stainless Steel
SIZE
small (7.5” diameter
1.8” depth)
medium (10.5” diameter
2.8” depth)
large (13” diameter
3.2” depth)
CAPACITY
small (1.5 cups)
medium (5 cups)
large (8 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
1

JW Skid Stop Food and Water Bowl Slow Feed

3/10

Slip-resistant base

Dishwasher safe

Bacteria resistant plastic

Stackable design

Not suitable for smaller dogs

Bowl will slide on smooth surfaces

Easy to Flip over

Light weight

Cheap construction

MATERIAL
Plastic
rubber
SIZE
medium (8.5” diameter x 2.5” depth)
large (10.5” diameter x 3.25” depth)
jumbo (13.25” diameter x 4” depth)
CAPACITY
Medium (1 cup)
large (3 cups)
jumbo (6 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
2

H&ZT Cloud Shape Pet Slow Feeder

4/10

Unique design

Tray design contains food

Soft, rounded protrusions

Tray will not easily slip

Cannot be washed easily in the dishwasher

Would not stand up to chewing

May not be as durable as a more rigid material

MATERIAL
Silicone
SIZE
18” x10.4” across
CAPACITY
2 cups
COLOR CHOICES
3

Buster Dog Maze

9/10

Heavy duty plastic

Made in Denmark

Food grade plastic

Dishwasher safe

Cannot be used with wet food

Dog may push food out of the bowl’s openings

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (11” x 9” x 2” depth)
large (16.5 x 15.8 x 2.8” depth)
CAPACITY
small (1.5 cups)
large (3 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
5

Animal Planet Slow Feed Maze Feeder Bowl

8/10

Heavy duty plastic

Slip-resistant pads on base

Dishwasher safe

Deep grooves

High narrow walls may be irritating to dog’s mouth and face

Not suitable for smaller dogs

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (9” diameter)
large (14” diameter)
CAPACITY
small (2 cups)
large (4 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
1

STARUBY Slow Feed Dog Bowl

3/10

Dishwasher safe

BPA Plastic

Hard to flip over

No slip-resistant bottom

Slip-resistant stickers come off easily

Lightweight

Protrusions are not very rounded and could be irritating

Cheap construction

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
6.5” diameter
1.3” depth
CAPACITY
2 cups
COLOR CHOICES
1

Machao Dog Bowl Slow Feeder Food Bowl

7/10

Dishwasher safe

Suitable as insert for stainless steel bowl

Softer against dog’s mouth and jaws

Will result in a huge mess if used by itself

Not suitable for wet food

MATERIAL
TPR Rubber
SIZE
small 7.5” diameter x 1” depth
large 10” diameter x 1” depth
CAPACITY
small (1 cup)
large (2 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
2

Aikiou HEXA Dog Slow Feeder

7/10

Heavy duty construction

Slip-resistant base

Dishwasher safe

Deep grooves

May not be suitable for smaller dogs or dogs with shorter snouts

Corners are more square and may irritate dog’s mouth and face

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11.2” x 9.8” x 2.5”
CAPACITY
2.5 cups
COLOR CHOICES
3

AïKiou Dog Bowl Interactivity Feeder

8/10

Unique 2-piece design

Designed specifically for small dogs

Very effective in slowing down eating

Dishwasher safe

Not for dogs with shorter snouts

Dogs may flip it upside down to to access food

May be too complicated for some dogs

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
9.8” diameter
x 2.8” depth
CAPACITY
12.7oz
COLOR CHOICES
3

Mr Peanut’s Stainless Steel Interactive Slow Feed Dog Bowl

4/10

Stainless steel design

Slip-resistant silicone ring

Soft, rounded edges and protrusion

Silicone ring comes off easily

Cannot be washed in dishwasher

MATERIAL
Stainless steel
silicone
SIZE
medium (7.3” diameter
9.6” base
2” depth)
large (8.6” diameter
11.4” base
2.4” depth)
CAPACITY
medium (2 cups)
large (3.5 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Kyjen Outward Hound 2874 Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder

8/10

Unique design with varying heights “hills” for food

Dishwasher safe

Sturdy and heavy duty construction

Slip-free silicone base

Made in the USA

May be difficult for smaller or short-snouted dogs to use

Takes longer to load food properly

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11.1” x 9.1” x 3.9”
CAPACITY
4 cups
COLOR CHOICES
1

Boomer N Chaser Slow Feeder Spill Proof Pet Bowl

8/10

Stainless steel

Slip-resistant silicone base and surround

Soft, rounded edges and protrusion

Dishwasher safe

For smaller to medium sized dogs only

Only one color available

MATERIAL
Stainless steel
silicone
SIZE
6.3” diameter
1.65” depth
CAPACITY
1 cup
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Quality

Magisso Happy Pet Project Naturally Cooling Ceramics Food Bowl

10/10

High quality construction

Smooth rounded protrusion in center of bowl

Heavy

Dishwasher safe

Ceramic can break easily

Cannot be washed in dishwasher

May not be good for really large dogs

MATERIAL
Ceramic
SIZE
small (5.3” diameter
2.2” depth)
medium (6.1” diameter
2.6” depth)
large (7.9” diameter
3.2” depth)
CAPACITY
small (½ cup) medium (2 cups)
large (3 cups)
COLOR CHOICES
3

Outward Hound 3in1 Up Feeder Elevated Raised Slow Feeder

3/10

Stainless steel design

Slip-resistant silicone ring

Soft, rounded edges and protrusion

Legs are somewhat rickety and may not stand up to a lot of use

Easily knocked over

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
11” diameter x 3.8” depth
CAPACITY
4 cups
COLOR CHOICES
2

KINGSWELL 360 Degree Rotating Fun Feeder Slow Feed Dog Bowl

1/10

Cute appearance and colors

Too many moving parts

Assembly required for use

Only inner dish can be washed in dishwasher

Lightweight cheap construction

Kept watertight with tiny rubber gasket

MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
7.5” diameter
8” base
2.7” depth
CAPACITY
2 cups
COLOR CHOICES
2

How to Choose a Slow Feeding Dog Bowl

What kind of food do you feed your dog? Most of these work well with wet food or dry kibble, but some may be better suited to a specific kind of food. What is the size of your dog in relation to the bowl? The length of his snout will play a big role in how effective these bowls are.

Consider the following about materials when choosing a bowl:

Ceramic bowls should be lead-free, smooth and free of any surface imperfections, chips or cracks

  • Will need to be checked on an ongoing basis for chips and cracks in ceramic, because the material underneath the glaze is porous and can harbor bacteria.
  • If bowl cracks or flakes, loose pieces of glaze or ceramic are dangerous if ingested by dog

Silicone feeders are typically mats or flat feeders, so if your dog is messy consider adding a stainless steel bowl or other tray to contain food.

  • An excellent material for dog bowls, as it is an extremely stable compound and will not break down the way that plastic does.

Stainless Steel: Look for a bowl that does not have loose rubber components or powder coating.

  • Non-porous, much more durable, not as attractive to chewers, Easy to clean and sanitize
  • Corrosion and rust resistant
  • Some dogs do not like metal bowls and they can be noisy

Plastic bowls should be high-quality, heavy-duty plastic listed as phthalate, BPA free. Cheaper plastic bowls may leach harmful chemicals and be more porous. These should be replaced more often.

Not every bowl will be right for every dog and it may be a trial and error process to find the right solution. You want to be sure that your dog is challenged and slowed down by the protrusions and obstructions in the design of the bowl, but that his skin is not irritated, he is not panting too hard or growing too frustrated where he either loses interest in his food or becomes destructive towards the bowl.

For this reason, we recommend either the stainless steel bowl, a silicone feeder (which can also be paired with a stainless bowl for containment), or a ceramic bowl. Plastic or ceramic bowls may be more suitable if you are seeking durability and the stainless bowls do not slow down your dog’s eating.