When feeding your pet, their bowl is as important as the contents.
But since there are so many dinnerware varieties for canines, how do you pick the most suitable for your mutt?
And what dishes should you steer clear of?
Thankfully, we’ve come to your rescue.
In this article, we’ll help you source the best dog bowl for your dog based on their needs and health requirements.
We’ve also reviewed 7 top-rated bowls that have received five-paws from our furry pal testers.
In a hurry? Here is the top 3:
Our Top Picks
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Which Are the Best Dog Bowls?
Before we dive into the details of what you should look into when choosing a bowl, we present you the reviews of the best in the market:
These dog bowls made from high-quality metal, are non-toxic for your pets, so you don’t need to worry about compounds leaching into their food and drink.
The materials are non-porous and easy to clean, so the chance of bacteria accumulating on the bowls is minimal.
Its chew-resistant properties mean that even if your dog tries to tear the dish apart, he won’t make a dent.
The non-slip rubber rings attached to the bottom keep the bowls stable and stationary while your pooch gobbles down his food.
This feature prevents possible messes, spills and damage to floors by overexcited dogs at mealtimes.
With the capacity to hold up to 900 grams of kibble, treats, wet food or water, this canine dinnerware is appropriate for small and big dogs and saves you from having to refill the bowl.
One small niggle is that although the bowls are dishwasher-friendly, they’re big, bulky and fit awkwardly in the machine.
Also water collects in the bowl whichever way you place it in the machine. Right way up, and the water pools inside the bowl, while liquid accumulates at the rubber ring upside down.
- 2 metal bowls
- Rust-resistant and no-tipping design
- Holding capacity of 900g (each)
What we liked
- High-quality metal
- Cleans well
- Chew resistant
- Rust proof
- Bowls collect water in dishwasher
- Bulky fit in the machine
Are you worried that your pooch is eating too quickly?
Fatal health risks may appear when pets inhale their breakfast or dinner at lightning speed.
Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Bowls don’t just slow down your pet but turns mealtimes into a challenging game, even for clever pets.
The bowl is weighted, sturdy and impossible to flip over by pets determined to reach their kibble quicker.
Most users are impressed by the bowl’s meal lengthening features.
The deep ridges and mazes increase eating time from mere seconds to minutes and force hungry and instinctual canines to chew their food.
The Slo Bowl fits in the dishwasher, but with the dishes various indents, it may require a second wash to remove hardened food.
If you fill the bowl with wet food or meat, place a mat underneath it because the bowl could slide around despite its non-slip base.
Four portions of food fit inside the dish, which means that it’s suitable for canines of varying sizes.
However, it’s less appropriate for a short-snouted pup like a boxer who may not retrieve morsels of food quickly.
- Fun slow feeder with valleys, ridges
- Lengthens meal times
- 4 portions capacity
- Includes a non-slip base
What we liked
- Extends eating times tenfold
- Makes mealtime fun and interesting
- Can’t be flipped over
- Various sizes available
- Non-slip base isn’t fail proof
Using these elevated dishes, eating may again be a pleasure for your ageing, frail dog who can’t bend over like he used to.
These dishes are flawlessly designed for old, infirm or large dogs who battle to reach their bowls at ground level.
Having a raised bowl lets them get every last pebble without putting pressure on arthritic limbs and strained muscles.
The canine dishware comes with two bowls that can be used together or separately. Convenient when you need to leave water or snacks out while washing the dirtied one.
The dishes are made from durable materials, well constructed and firm. If your dog likes to drag containers around as he eats, this one won’t budge.
With that being said, the dishes may rattle and clang if your pet is a voracious eater determined to empty and lick-clean his bowl.
One major niggle are the sizes of both dishes. It’s too small for an above-average canine whose mouth might not fit inside the bowl and require bigger portion sizes.
However, for small and medium dogs and canines with multiple small meals spread across the day, this bowl should meet their daily feeding requirements.
- 2-in-1 platform bowls
- Contains inner stainless steel bowl and melamine outer
- Volume capacity: 900ml (3.8 cups)
- Available in various colours
- Dish-washer safe
What we liked
- Makes eating easier for infirm pets
- Eases muscle strain
- Well constructed and made to last
- Bowls are tiny
- Not suitable for all dogs (ask your vet first)
You can’t deny that dogs are messy eaters. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to clean up after them following mealtime?
With this feeding station, you can enjoy tidy floors free of liquids and mess.
The set includes an anti-spill silicon mat that curves inwards to catch water droplets and food that escape the bowls.
Clean-ups post-dinner is quick and easy. Just wipe down the surfaces using a couple of disposable wipes.
Not only is it possible to keep your floors accident-free and hygienic, but it stops unsuspecting humans from tripping over the water bowls, getting wet, or slipping across the kitchen floor and injuring themselves.
Another design strength is that there are wide spaces between the two pet dishes. This is beneficial because it prevents food and water from mixing and creating a gooey mess.
These bowls are perfect for dogs that push around their bowls when eating because the non-skid tray remains firmly in place.
This way, you can keep both bowls together instead of finding them on opposite ends of the kitchen. Your pet can now right away hydrate after consuming dry kibble without hunting down the water bowl.
There are many strengths to the silicone tray: easy-to-clean, foldable, portable. However, the material is not chew-resistant. A word of advice is to keep away from little pups who see everything as chew toys!
- 2 stainless steel bowls and silicone pad/stand
- Bowls are heat and corrosion resistant
- Silicone stand is anti-mess and slip
- Use for kibble, tinned meat, and liquids
What we liked
- Curved design of silicone reduces mess
- Dogs can’t tip over their bowls
- Foldable and portable for easy storage and travelling
- Not suitable for puppies
If you hate the look of your dog’s stainless steels bowls in your kitchen, then you’ll love these fancy Trixie Ceramic Bowls.
Canine dishware doesn’t have to be an eyesore with the right pet-friendly pottery. These bowls are equal parts pleasing and practical.
The bowl boasts a cute, subtle design featuring pawprints, making it the perfect addition to a modern home.
Not just good to look at, but the bowl has an impressive holding capacity of 1 litre for liquids.
The bowls are heavy, making it a challenge for your dog to tip them over in their excitement about getting fed.
However, with that being said, drop the bowl, and it will break beyond repair. The sharp ceramic shards may either hurt your feet or your pet’s paws.
Furthermore, a ceramic bowl may chip easily or crack, rendering the item non-porous and hazardous to use because bacteria can hide in the crevices, even after being washed.
If your pooch is rough and tumble, a ceramic dish might not be the most suitable.
- Ceramic bowl with fun pawprint design
- Dishwasher safe
What we liked
- Cute and stylish design
- Hard to flip over
- Ceramic bowls are highly breakable
Tired of hearing the clang of metal against your kitchen floors as your pet devours every drop of his food? This feeding station from Vivaglory turns meals into a quiet affair.
Its noise-cancelling feature is thanks to the feeder's silicone base, which holds down the bowls securely in place.
The base's function is twofold because it prevents the dishes from sliding and collects water leaks and escaping food kernels.
The feeding station works effectively on both counts. If your precious canine is a messy, loud eater, choosing this feeding platform could end your troubles and stop your kitchen floors from being scratched.
The bowls and base can be easily separated by humans - though not their fur children - for cleaning and can be stacked with other dishes needing cleaning.
Easy to detach for humans, dogs will have a hard time tipping over the stainless steels dishes because these are anchored to the silicone platform.
This design strength puts a stop to your pet upending their bowls and scattering kibble throughout your kitchen.
One potential flaw relates to the intelligence of your pup. A few clever pets seem to have figured out how to drag the silicone matt around with their teeth.
Since the silicone is lightweight and portable, this is a task made easy for your smart hound.
- Removable twin bowl set (stainless steel)
- Food-grade silicone matt
- Dishwasher safe
- Stops food overflow and splashing
- Holding capacity of each bowl: between 200- 1490 ml
What we liked
- Reduces noise
- Prevents floors from scratching
- Metal bowls are effortlessly detachable
- Clever pups can learn to pick up light silicone easily
If your little rascal really gets stuck into their food, your kitchen floor probably resembles a bombshell after every meal.
Make your pet’s eating area semi-presentable and keep your dog’s mess in one spot using these bowls and silicone matt.
The fancy dinner set for dogs looks slick and does its job well, which is to capture food and liquids before they hit your hardwood floors.
This Bonve Pet station will appeal to puppies, and young dogs owners as the bowls included allow for strict portion control.
However, the bowl sizes are better suited to small and medium breeds and won’t sustain a larger pet’s appetite unless you offer your hound seconds.
If your mutt is particularly mouthy, supervise him when he eats. If your furry pal sees everything as a plaything, the silicone matt will appeal to his instinct to chew.
Fortunately, the silicone is fairly durable but probably won’t withstand long-term biting.
Like humans, dogs deserve to eat from stylish dinnerware. This meal set for pets features a cute design with a bone-shaped matt.
Although popping them out of place takes practice, the bowls can be removed without damaging the underneath mat for a quick rinse or dishwasher cycle.
- Double stainless steel bowls set with silicone-based matt
- Odourless, non-toxic and food-grade
- Washable matt
- Easy-to-clean bowls
What we liked
- Fancy and durable dinnerware
- Reduces mess
- Silicone matt is durable and flexible
- Won’t survive long-term biting
How To Choose The Right Dog Bowl
Many pet guardians think little about the dishware they used to feed their pets.
It’s the only contents that matter, right?
The bowl you dish your pet’s kibble makes a difference. The best receptacle to use varies according to the breed and requirements of the animal in question.
If you’re guilty of grabbing the nearest Tupperware or plastic container at dinner, you could be putting your dog’s health in jeopardy.
Why Plastic Bowls Aren’t A Good Choice
Because they’re cheap, plastic bowls enjoy widespread use. But they’re also the riskiest pet feeding stations out of the lot for a couple of reasons.
For starters, plastic is a non-porous material that’s easily scratched, cracked and bitten into by teething pets.
These marks and indents are ideal hiding spots for a barrage of harmful germs. Even after being run through the dishwasher, tough bacteria remains and poses a health risk.
BPA is a toxic synthetic estrogen that causes irreversible damage to health in humans. Although research into its effect on animals is preliminary, recent findings have shown that it’s also damaging for our pets.
If you’re set on purchasing plastic bowls for your animal, first read the fine print and avoid brands that use terms like “safe to use for animals, not humans”.
If a plastic item isn’t fit for us, it’s probably not suitable for our four-legged pals either.
What Bowls Are Recommended?
Stainless steel dog bowls are another popular option, and we’re usually happy to recommend them.
However, be mindful that stainless steel isn’t bulletproof, and various grades of metal exist that aren’t fit for purchase.
Metal dog bowls made from cheap materials may cause toxic chemicals leaching into your pet’s food or dog water bowl, resulting in poisoning.
However, industry-standard metal is durable, heat-and-corrosion resistant, and food-safe.
Ceramic dog bowls are another option, loved by pet guardians interested in cute dishes with a pretty design.
Because it’s weighty, ceramic dishes are excellent for dogs that tip their bowls over.
However, ceramic breaks easily, so it might not be suitable for someone clumsy and prone to dropping things and doesn’t belong in a dishwasher.
These dishes are also glazed, which is the protective layer added to ceramics. Some glazing brands may contain traces of lead, which is toxic if absorbed by your pet.
Silicone bowls for pets are the latest releases on the market that are safe to use.
Made from a rubber-like material, these bowls are collapsible, making them an excellent choice for hikes and outdoor adventure with your pets.
Because of their foldable nature, they might not be suitable for everyday use, nor can they withstand destructive chewing habits.
Should I Be Using An Elevated Bowl?
Canines with orthopaedic issues benefit the most from using an elevated or raised dog bowls.
With other conditions, like megaesophagus, elevated bowls aren't only useful but medically necessary as dogs with this issue physically can't eat from the ground.
If you see your pet struggling to eat at ground level, chat to your veterinarian before purchasing one of these receptacles.
Although bowls on a platform ease discomfort while eating, feeding from this position might not be a good idea for dogs susceptible to bloating.
While bloating causes mild discomfort for humans, dog bloating is a starkly different and life-threatening condition that may be exacerbated by using an elevated bowl.
Water Fountains: Deceptive Gimmick Or Useful?
A water fountain for household animals might sound excessive. However, it may encourage your pet to drink more when there's a constant fresh water supply available instead of stagnant water that sits there all day.
Whether or not these work is for the jury to decide; however, it doesn't hurt to try.
Water fountains are also convenient for humans who hate the hassle of having to fill their dog's water supply daily.
How Can I Slow Down My Dog's Eating Habits?
Does your pet scoff down his food within seconds?
This behaviour originates from when your pup was in a litter competing for food with his siblings.
Although your hound no longer has a reason to be protective over his piece of the pie, his instincts kick in at dinnertime.
Seeing your pet inhale his food might leave you in stitches, but his speedy eating can cause an array of health issues, like bloating, choking, canine obesity and digestive problems.
As the name suggests, slow feeder dog bowls reduce the speed at which your hound consumes food tenfold with a series of meal-lengthening features.
These features change how your dog’s eating behaviour by creating barriers and obstructions in the food, forcing even the greediest of mutts to forage with less gusto and savour their food more.
Dog slow feeders come in different shapes, colours and patterns, from the simple to the more complicated.
Automatic Feeders: Yes Or No?
If you're not at home to feed your canine on time, an automatic feeder may help.
Feeders comprise reservoirs filled with your pet's favourite kibble.
Automatic feeders are a more popular option than the above mentioned manual feeder.
Owners can set times to dispense kibble and exact measurements to avoid overeating and other health threats when you're not around.
Most dog bowls are dish-washer friendly, but be mindful of ceramic dishes because they are fragile and may easily chip.
Daily, after the last meal of the day.
The size of the bowl should be at least four times the portion of your meal. Ask your veterinarian about recommended feeding guidelines for your dog, based on their size and breed.
A dog’s bowl should sit level with your dog’s lower chest. Measure your dog from its paws to the tops of its shoulders and purchase a bowl accordingly. A dog should never have to lower his neck to reach the food.
Puppy bowls are smaller to ensure your new dog doesn’t over eat.
It mostly depends on the quality of the manufacturing. Ceramic bowls could cause lead poisoning if poorly made due to their coating. Usually stainless steel is a healthy option.
It’s challenging to pick the best one because each bowl has a different function.
If you’re aiming for simplicity and affordability, you can’t go wrong with the basic stainless steel bowls set. Stainless steel is durable, long-lasting, scratch-and-heat proof and easy to clean.
Choose our slow feeder selection from Outward Hound if you’re at your wit’s end about your pet’s speedy eating habits.
This interactive feeder turns mealtimes into a fun and satisfying challenge that extends meal times by several minutes!
For messy eaters, the Vivaglory dinner set is our favourite feeding station that captures scraps and liquid to prevent avoidable spills and mess.
Haven't decided yet? Here is our top 7:
Our Top Picks
- Set of 2 durable stainless-steel food bowls for puppies, dogs, cats, or...
- Holds up to 900 grams each; perfect for dry kibble, wet food, treats, or...
- Rust resistant; offers a healthy alternative to plastic; doesn’t hold...
- SLOWS DOWN EATING UP TO 10X: Outward Hound uniquely designed Fun Feeder dog...
- AIDS IN PROPER DIGESTION: Common issues that arise in fast-eating dogs...
- MADE WITH NON-SLIP BASE AND FOOD SAFE MATERIALS: Outward Hound's Fun Feeder...
- Elevated two bowls in one, anti-slip. Product dimension: 17.0 x 21.8 x 21.8...
- Bowls can be used seperately or together
- Dishwasher safe
- 🐾DOUBLE BOWLS DESIGN - Works as a Full Dinner Set for either food,...
- 🐾NON-SKIDDING and KNOCKING OVER - Silicone mat keeps the bowls from...
- 🐾SPILL and SPLASH FREE - Raised Edge of the silicone mat curves up to...
- dishwasher safe
- hard to tip over
- 1 Serve 2: set of two bowls (200ml for each bowl). Double bowls design...
- Durable & Health: VIVAGLORY dog bowl is constructed with stainless steel...
- Keep Your Floor Clean: rolled up design of under mat leave enough area...
- 🐱 Safe and Best Bowls Set — The pet bowl mat is made of 100%...
- 🐱 Non-Spill and Non-Slip — The silicone mat with the raised edge...
- 🐱 Removable for Easy Clean — Two high quality stainless steel bowls...
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