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10 Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls 2022 : Anti-Gulp Bowls

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Some dogs consume food at an alarming rate. It's as if they haven't been fed for days!


Eating too fast can cause a variety of dog health issues from stomach pains and poor gut health, to bloat and potentially a serious life-threatening condition known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV).

A dog eating from a slow feeder anti-gulp dog bowl

Their rate of eating is a contributing factor to all these problems with fast eaters having five times the risk of developing GDV than slow eating dogs.


So how can we help our greedy four legged friends slow down? Enter, stage right - slow feeder dog bowls.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Buying Guide for Slow Feeder Bowls

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls

Our Verdict

How We Picked



Buying Guide for Slow Feeder Bowls


Specially designed slow feeder bowls or anti-gulp bowls, can encourage the greediest of dogs to eat at a slower pace by making them forage around the bowl for their food. This in turn reduces the risk of bloating and generally improves your dog's gut health.


Did you know that some slow feeder bowls claim to engage

dogs at mealtimes for up to 10 x longer than standard bowls!

Maybe this is something that Weight Watchers or Slimming World need to look into. Seriously though, I have been known to knock back a lasagne at speed, maybe I could benefit from a slow feeder !


The first major surprise is that slow eating bowls are also mentally stimulating for your dog. They can turn food time into foraging fun rather than a race to devour everything in seconds which in turn exercises their minds.


It's all about providing your dog with a bit more challenge so they have to work significantly harder for their food.


We've compiled this buying guide to offer you a look at the best dog bowl designs for fast eaters and to help you decide which features would best suit you and your dog.


Take a break, relax and read our guide knowing we've got your guzzling pup covered !




Features to Consider


Before you rush out and buy a slow feeder, there are a few factors you might want to consider first :


Design

As some of the anti-gulp bowls can be quite intricate with troughs and ridges, consider which type of dog food you'll be feeding. Look out for a bowls designed to work well with your dog food - with dry, raw or wet food.


Size

What's your ideal bowl size? Is your four-legged friend a Dachshund or a Labrador? We provide the dimensions of each bowl to help you.


Combination

Do you want a combination feeder - water bowl and slow feeder together? A great space-saver and some come with an integral mat too.


Base

Look for a non-skid base which should hold the bowl firmly in place. The last thing you want is the bowl flying across the kitchen floor.


We've collated a selection of the best slow feeder dog bowls in the UK including different designs and sizes so there's something to suit everyone and their dog in our top 10.



Our Picks of the Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls



1. Outward Hound Fun Feeder

Best overall slow feeder dog bowl


Firmly in first place due to their wide range of slow feeders, Outward Hound stock nicely designed and well built dog slow feeding bowls. Designed with spirals and rivets to prevent your dog from eating their entire bowl in just a couple of mouthfuls.

Outward Hound orange spiral slow feeding bowl for dogs

The range of designs incorporates bowls with different trough depths to make it even more difficult to reach some food.


With three different sizes available they have a style and size to suit extra small to extra large breeds of dog. In fact their large slow feeder dog bowl is one of the biggest to feature in our top 10.


BPA free and featuring a non-slip base, the bowl should stay in one place and not slide around your kitchen floor!


Better still you can simply pop the bowl in the dishwasher which is perfect for dealing with wet and raw dog foods which can easily get stuck in the ridges.


Dimensions (diameter) : small 17cm, medium 22cm, large 32cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Wide range of designs

+ Dishwasher safe

+ Non-slip base

Reasons to Avoid

- You'll need a seperate water bowl

 

2. Magisso Cooling Slow Feed Bowl

Best ceramic slow feeder


A new entry in our Top 10 for 2022. From Magisso, a multi-award winning Finnish design agency, this beautiful range of ceramic bowls have a minimalist design and are available in a striking range of colours.


Magisso cooling slow feeder dog bowl in pink

Magisso's Happy Pet Project collection are designed to be 'breathtakingly beautiful and delightfully problem solving', well these bowls certainly hit the mark.


Their simple design with the raised centre keeps your dog engaged for longer whilst they work their way around the bowl and looks good in your kitchen too.


The feature that makes this range of bowls stand out from the crowd is the cooling properties.


Soak or run the bowl under cold water for 45 seconds and it turns ice cold for several hours. This helps to keep fresh and wet food fresh for longer. What a great feature!


Dishwasher safe, it's easy to keep clean. Designed to be used with wet or dry foods, it's available in two sizes.


The only downside we could find, is that it doesn't incorporate a non-slip base so we would recommend buying a silicone mat to sit underneath the bowl.


Dimensions - (width x depth) : small 13 x 3.5 cm | medium 15 x 6.5 cm | large 20 cm x 8.3 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Stylish design

+ Colour options

+ Size options

+ Keeps food and water cool

Reasons to Avoid

- Not a non-slip base

 

3. Pet Impact Dog Bowl

Best eco-friendly slow feeder


We're always on the lookout for eco-friendly products and this slow feeding bowl from Pet Impact certainly fits the bill.

Pet Impact eco-friendly slow feeder dog bowl

It replicates the lines of a ceramic slow feeder but that's where the similarities end.


This anti-gulp bowl is made from renewable bamboo fibre and cornstarch to reduce your dog's paw prints. Definitely a more sustainable option than the traditional plastic slow feeders.


But don't be fooled ! This bowl has thick, strong walls and it's crafted with durable chew resistant material so it's built to last.


The circular star pattern of ridges, creates a challenge for your dog whilst not being overly difficult that it creates frustration. We'd recommend the Pet Impact bowl for wet, dry or raw food.


Rather than rubber feet, this bowl features a fully attached non-slip ring around the base to keep the bowl secure.


It's now available in 2 sizes with the medium size aimed at small to medium dogs and the new larger size is suitable for dogs up to 25kg.


Dimensions (diameter) - Medium 18cm | Large 26cm diameter

Reasons to Buy

+ Eco-friendly credentials

+ Non-slip ring

+ Chew resistant

Reasons to Avoid

- Not suitable for very large dogs


 


4. Rosewood Smart Slow Pet Feeder

Best portion control slow feeder


The dog bowl every modern dog lover needs. Whereas a lot of rivals simply offer a slowing pattern, Rosewood's stunning minimalist slow feeder incorporates some special design features which can help solve several dog feeding problems.

Rosewood slow feeding dog bowl with digital scales

The bowl four bone shaped ridges to slow greedy dogs down and help them savour their food.


But undeniably the best feature is the integrated digital scales.


No more guessing how much food to dish up, now, simply fill until you reach the correct weight.


The bowl even remembers the correct weight, so you dish up a spot on dog's dinner every time. Weighs up to 2kg.


The only design flaw we could find was that it doesn't come apart for cleaning so would need to be washed by hand.


Dimensions ( length, width, height) - 22 x 24 x 8 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Integral digital scales

+ Stylish design

Reasons to Avoid

- Hand wash only

 

5. Green Interactive Dog Feeder

Best for fussy eaters


More of a plate than a bowl, the oval 'Green' slow feeder is ideal for dogs who prefer to have a clear view of their surroundings whilst they eat.

Green slow feeder bowl for dogs with a dog searching for food

Some fussy eaters definitely prefer to eat from flat surfaces like plates or mats rather than bowls and this unusual design offers just that. It replicates tufts of grass at differing heights.


Whilst dogs will enjoy the challenge of pushing the food out between its many ridges, the feeder is quite deep in places so be aware that small dogs may struggle to retrieve their food from the centre.


Suitable for wet, dry and raw food this oval-shaped anti-gulp mat is dishwasher safe. The feeder should stay firmly in place thanks to the grips added on the underside.


Dimensions - mini 20 x 30 cm, large 30 x 40 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Flat mat style feeder

+ Great for dogs who dislike bowls

Reasons to Avoid

- Smaller dogs may struggle

- Slightly pricier option

 

6. Pecute 3-in-1 Slow Eating Dog Bowl

Best combination feeding bowls


This clever, multipurpose design from Pecute makes these 3-in-1 slow eating dog bowls stand out from the crowd.

peculate 3 in 1 slow feeder food and water bowl for dogs

In addition to the slow feeder bowl, you're getting a water bowl and it's all mounted on a cute bone-shaped mat with a raised lip to contain any spillages.


Simply perfect for that messy dog or eager puppy in your life !


The slow feeder component has several ridges to slow down your dog's eating speed so they can actually savour their food.


Similar products are available on the market, but we love this version from Pecute because it features a removable stainless steel bowl and slow feeder insert making it much easier to clean. All parts can be popped in the dishwasher.


Petcute also have a range of 2-in-1 feeding bowls without the slow feeder option which we feature in our picks of The 10 Best Dog Bowls 2022 . All options available in grey or chocolate brown with a choice of two sizes.


Dimensions - large mat 53 x 31cm, bowl 20.8cm | medium mat 42 x 27cm, bowl 18cm

Reasons to Buy

+ 3-in-1 solution

+ Ideal for messy eaters

+ Perfect for puppies

Reasons to Avoid

- Suitable for smaller dogs only

 

7. Neater Pet Brands

Best stainless steel slow feeder bowl


For those dog parents out there that love a more traditional solution, will adore this simple slow feeder dog bowl in stainless steel from Neater Pet Brands.

Neater Pet Brands stainless steel dog bowl

It reminds me of a bundt cake tin with a raised centre. I've never made a bundt cake but it's incredible what you can pick up from watching Bake Off !


The design with the wider rubber base is non-tip and non-skid, so will stay firmly ian one place.


Made with quality stainless steel, it won't absorb any nasty food odours, is easy to wipe clean and is dishwasher safe. So that's the hygiene boxes all ticked.


The super simple design featuring a raised bump in the centre, can encourage slow feeding and works as an anti-gulp or 'gobble stopper' when dogs drink. We loved the paw print design too.


Available in a choice of two sizes.


Dimensions - (diameter) : 25 cm and 28 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Durable, simple design

+ Non slip rubber base

+ Can be used to slow drinking too

Reasons to Avoid

 


8. Maze Slow Feeding Dog Bowl

Best challenging feeder


A great alternative to the Outward Hound simple slow feeder, this eye-catching maze design by Decyam offers multiple spirals for your dog to negotiate.

It naturally improves digestion by allowing dogs to forage for their food through the multiple rings and valleys.


It's worth noting that this design is definitely more challenging than some bowls featured, so it may not be suitable for flat-nosed breeds who may become frustrated.


The addition of rubber feet stop it sliding around while your dog eats and it's suitable for either wet or dry food.


Not to mention, it's super easy to clean as it slots in the top rack of the dishwasher. We love that this bite resistant bowl has been created with aggressive chewers in mind and is available in two different sizes.


Dimensions (diameter) - medium 20cm | large 30cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Aggressive chewers

+ Colour options

+ Great value

Reasons to Avoid

- Not suitable for flat-faced breeds

 

9. Dog Feeder Mat

Best travel slow feeder


This is the second Outward Hound slow feeder to feature in our top 10.

It's a new and unique alternative to the standard bowl.

Use it on it's own as a mat or as an insert which you can simply slide into your existing dog bowl.


The flexible design makes the mat ideal for dogs with shorter snouts and brachycephalic dogs (think pugs). They often have trouble eating out of a traditional slow feeder which are designed with much deeper troughs.


What's more, it folds up, making it a great solution for slow feeding on-the-go.


It's worth mentioning that if you may well get some food falling on the floor as it doesn't have a raised edge.


Perfect for dry foods, it can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher.


Dimensions - (diameter) 28 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Flat plate style

+ Use as mat or insert

+ Ideal for flat-faced dogs

Reasons to Avoid

- Only use with dry foods

- Could get messy

 

10. Tineer Double Slow Feeder Bowl

Best for small dogs


The second dual feeder to be featured in our Top 10. This design conveniently combines a food and water bowl in one stylish feeding station.

This double bowl from Tineer is ideal for smaller dogs or puppies as the slow feeder is more compact than some of the other designs featured, with a diameter of only 13.5 cm.


It incorporates a stainless steel water bowl which is removable for easy cleaning.


What's more, the double bowl features a non-slip, arc designed base to make it more stable on your floor.


The design is available in a choice of 4 gorgeous pastel colours.


Dimensions - ( diameter) 13.5 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compact

+ 2-in-1 solution

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable for small dogs

 

Our Verdict


If you are looking for a slow feeder which works extremely well for the majority of dogs, receives rave reviews and is super easy to clean, then look no further than the Outward Hound Fun Feeder. With a range of designs, it is a great all-rounder.


Perfect for messy dogs and puppies, a special mention goes to Pecute for their 3-in-1 slow eating dog bowl cleverly incorporating a bone-shaped mat to keep your kitchen floor clean whilst slowing your dog down.


Finally we adore the Magisso Slow Feed Bowl for it's stylish good looks and cool features.




How We Picked


Our final choices for which slow feeders to include on our short list, comes from a mix of reputation and reviews from other experts we trust. This was then combined with our hands-on experiences with all the brands featured in the review.

We selected slow feeders which would be suitable for the widest range of dog breeds and sizes. It was also important that the chosen slow bowls reflected price points to suit everyone's pockets.


We gave bonus points to unusual anti-gulp design features, combination feeders and innovative methods of ensuring the bowl stays in one place! Lastly we only included products in our selection process with great customer reviews and ratings.

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Hopefully, you've found a Slow Feeder Dog Bowl in our Top 10 to suit your gorgeous, guzzling pup.


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