Attractive stainless steel bowl that's dishwasher safe and available in 2 sizes. Raised center encourages dogs to slow down at chow time. Compatible with elevated feeders by the brand.
Rare reports of rust developing after use. May not slow down all fast eaters.
Nonslip padding. Made from a heavy plastic that is BPA-free. Can be used with both dry and wet food. Slows the dog down and prevents bloating from eating too fast.
This bowl is dishwasher safe but has so many ridges that it doesn't always come clean in the dishwasher.
Can hold 2 cups of dry dog food. Ridges at different levels make it interesting for your dog. Great look. Comes in 3 shape designs. Rubber pads on the bottom of the bowl keep it from sliding across the floor. Dishwasher safe.
This bowl comes in a few sizes. If you do not get the right size, your dog may have a hard time using the bowl.
A good bowl for a smaller dog. Recyclable. Made from nontoxic material. A good bowl for a dog on a diet. Slows down eating and makes the food last longer. Dogs really work hard to get the food out of this bowl.
The nonslip function of this bowl sometimes does not work very well.
Some dogs eat their meals at lightning speed, which can cause issues such as choking, vomiting, and even potentially fatal gastric dilation (also known as bloat). If you only have to blink to miss your canine companion wolfing down their food, consider buying a slow feed dog bowl to steady their pace.
When picking out the right slow feed bowl to fit your dog's needs, you should consider the size of the bowl to be sure it can hold enough food for your four-legged friend. Also look closely at the ridge pattern to see how simple or complex it is and how much it's likely to slow down your dog. Other factors to consider include nonslip base, anti-tip capabilities, and whether you want a bowl made of plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel (each type has its pros and cons).
In order to slow your canine companion down while eating, slow feed dog bowls feature ridges laid out in a certain pattern or configuration. The most simple slow feeders feature a single raised bump in the center that your dog must eat around. More complex ridge patterns include flower petals, spirals, and concentric circles.
Slow feed bowls with complicated, narrow-spaced ridge patterns tend to be trickier for dogs to eat from, slowing them down much more than simpler patterns with wider spaces between ridges. Some have shallower ridges than others, too, which work best for dogs with short snouts.
You can buy slow feed dog bowls in a range of sizes and capacities to suit dogs little and large. Choose a bowl that will suit the size of your dog and how much food they eat. Many slow feeders list their capacity in cups in the product description, which is handy if you measure your pooch's dinner, rather than simply eyeballing it.
Many slow feed dog bowls come in at least two sizes, and you can buy some in as many as five sizes. It's important to choose a bowl of the right size as a small dog might have trouble eating from a too-large bowl and a too-small bowl might not fit all of a big dog's dinner.
Plastic: The most common material for slow feed dog bowls, plastic can be easily molded into a wide range of shapes, so it's the best material for making slow feeders with intricate ridge patterns. Unfortunately, it's also fairly easy for dogs to chew through. Also, it can be fragile if the plastic is too thin, and it can harbor bacteria in its porous surface. While we think plastic slow feed bowls are fine for most dogs (except dogs who'll chew anything), you will need to wash them regularly so bacteria doesn't build up and cause problems.
Ceramic or stainless steel: Both of these materials are less porous, making bacteria buildup less of an issue (though you should still clean them when they get dirty). They tend to have extremely simple ridge patterns, however, so they won't slow your dog's eating down as effectively.
Some impatient pooches will try to tip their slow feed bowls over and eat their food off the floor, bypassing those pesky ridges. If you think this is a trick your dog might try, look for a bowl that's hard to tip. Some are either weighted or are naturally heavy (such as ceramic bowls). Others are quite flat or have a low center of gravity, so tipping is off the cards.
If you feed your dog on tile, linoleum, or other uncarpeted surfaces, their bowl is likely to slide around as they eat. Choosing a slow feed dog bowl with a nonslip base is an easy solution to this problem.
You can find slow feed dog bowls in a variety of colors, depending on the bowl’s material.
How much should you expect to pay for a slow feed dog bowl? The price can vary based on a range of factors, including size, material, and overall durability.
Inexpensive: Some slow feed dog bowls can cost as little as $5 to $10. These tend to be small plastic bowls and may not be extremely durable.
Mid-range: For $10 to $20, you can find some excellent sturdy plastic and stainless steel models.
Expensive: High-end slow feed dog bowls can cost as much as $20 to $35. At this price point, you'll find extra-large bowls and ceramic bowls, which should be highly durable.
The Neater Slow Feeder is a great bowl for large dogs, with a huge six-cup capacity and removable legs. You also have the option to lift off the top of the bowl and use the part underneath as a water bowl. If you'd prefer a stainless steel option, consider Our Pets DuraPet Slow Feed Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowl, which comes in small, medium, and large sizes. The raised middle will slow your dog down a little, but not as much as more complex patterns. The purple flower version of the Outward Hound Fun Feeder has a shallow-ridged design that works well for flat-faced breeds, such as pugs and bulldogs (though other dogs can use it, too). Finally, we love the Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Bowl. The simple ridge pattern makes it ideal for wet food, in addition to dry. Though it might not sufficiently slow down the most aggressively quick eaters, it's great for the majority of dogs.
Q. Are there any alternatives to a slow feeder dog bowl?
A. If a slow feeder dog bowl doesn't adequately slow down your quick-eating pooch, or you'd like to extend their mealtime to keep them entertained, consider feeding kibble in a treat-dispensing toy or other canine puzzle toy. Alternatively, you can buy slow feeder mats and other slow feeders that can't quite be classed as bowls but have the same purpose.
Q. Can you find raised slow feeder dog bowls?
A. Yes, although they're not as widely available as standard slow feeder bowls, you can find a handful of raised slow feeders. These are great for large dogs or dogs with ailments that make it hard for them to eat at floor-level. The trouble with raised slow feeder bowls is that they're easier to tip if your dog gets frustrated by not being able to munch their meals at top speed.
Q. Can you use a slow feeder dog bowl for both wet and dry foods?
A. Yes, in theory, you can use slow feeder dog bowls for both wet and dry food. But, in practice, some are better for wet food than others. It's more difficult for your dog to eat wet food from slow feeders with extremely intricate or tightly spaced ridge patterns, so food often remains stuck in tight spots. If you want to feed wet food in a slow feeder, select one with a simple design.