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5 Best Dog Water Dispensers and Fountains

Is it time to upgrade your dog's water bowl? See which of these great dog water dispensers and fountains is right for your home.

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Why Use an Automatic Water Dispenser for Your Dog?

There are several great reasons to switch from a traditional dog bowl to a more modern dispenser and fountain, none more important than maintaining clean drinking water for your fur babies.

No matter how well or how often you think you’re cleaning your pet’s bowls, a proper filtration system provides an added layer of protection. And for some dogs, cats and other pets, flowing water can be more enticing and promote more water consumption.

“Pets need proper hydration, too, and clean, filtered water encourages pets to drink more,” according to Water Tech. “Proper hydration can positively impact the health of an animal in many ways, including fewer urinary tract infections and quicker recovery for sick or injured pets.”

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Veken 100oz 3l Pet Fountainvia

Veken 100 oz./3L Pet Fountain

Made from activated carbon, ion exchange resin and non-woven fabric, the Veken 100oz/3L Pet Fountain‘s filtration system will keep your dogs hydrated and healthy. This fountain is best for small and medium sized dogs.

One of the best features of this fountain is its low noise. At 30 decibels, you’ll hardly notice the fountain is there. It has nearly 5,000 Amazon reviews with an average of 4.3 stars.

“The reservoir holds a generous amount of water, the flow is whisper quiet, and the LED light is a well-thought bonus,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The filters are durable and not at ALL like my last fountain’s filters that made me question their effectiveness.”

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Petsafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountainvia

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

The large storage capacity of PetSafe’s Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain means fewer trips to the sink for refills. This fountain can hold 168 oz. of water, making it a great option for dogs of all sizes or multiple pets.

One Amazon reviewer writes: “(It’s) easy to put together, easy to clean and easy to refill.”

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Lu&ba Pet Automatic Waterfall Fountainvia

Lu&Ba Pet Automatic Waterfall Fountain

Quiet, durable and well-designed, the Lu&Ba Pet Automatic Waterfall Fountain is a fantastic choice for dog owners. Unlike other flat bowls, the 15-degree incline in the dispenser prevents your pet from wetting its hair while drinking. At $46.99, it’s more expensive than other options on this list. However, this fountain is worth its price.

“It is very easy to disassemble and reassemble and it comes with a cleaning guide,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It is easy to clean and it has one filter so it is not (too) costly to replace and maintain. It is plastic but it feels durable and difficult to break.”

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Veken 95oz 2.8l Pet Fountainvia

Veken 95 oz./2.8L Pet Fountain

Veken’s 95 oz. pet fountain might look like something from a sci-fi movie. Besides its sleek look, you’ll be impressed by its efficiency and capacity. The triple-filtration system keeps water clean and fresh so you don’t have to worry about the bacteria. A water-level window easily displays how much is left so you know when it’s time to refill.

“This little fountain has it all,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “(It’s) super easy to assemble, (has a) spout to pour water in the top, large water capacity, (and) colorful changing lights.”

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Petsafe Drinkwell Pet Fountain With Adjustable Streamvia

PetSafe Drinkwell Pet Fountain With Adjustable Stream

The falling stream in PetSafe’s Drinkwell Pet Fountain provides a second option if your pet prefers flowing water instead of drinking from the bowl. Another great perk to this fountain? It’s dishwasher safe.

“The PetSafe fountain has a large main reservoir/base that has no little nooks or crannies that would make it hard to clean,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The pump and fountain and all plumbing/tubing are fully self contained within the base area. There is no way for water to ‘wick’ or trickle out.”

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Alex Shoemaker
Alex is an avid DIYer but had little experience before purchasing his first home in 2019. A Family Handyman subscription was one of his first purchases after becoming a homeowner, and he's been hooked ever since. When he’s not working, he can be found fixing up his 1940s Florida home or relaxing on the beach with his family.