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Top 10 Slow Feeder Dog Bowls

Updated: Sep 16

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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 labrador dog eating dry dog food from a slow feeder 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 Dog Slow Feeders

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Slow Feeders

Our Verdict

How We Chose the Slow Feeder Bowls



BUYING GUIDE FOR DOG SLOW FEEDERS


Specially designed slow feeder 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.


Back on topic, slow eating bowls are also mentally stimulating for any dog. They can turn food time into foraging fun rather than a race to devour everything in seconds which exercises their minds.


It's all about providing your dog with a bit more challenge at meal times and make them work significantly harder for their food.


We've provided this buying guide to give you an overview of the various dog bowl design options 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 dog covered !



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


Before you rush out and buy one, there are a few factors you might want to consider first so you get the right one for your dog.


Design

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


Size

What's your ideal bowl size? Is your four-legged friend a Dachshund or a Labrador?


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 incorporating different designs and sizes so there's something to suit everyone and their dog in our top 10.



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OUR PICKS OF DOG SLOW FEEDERS


1. BEST SELLER Outward Hound Fun Feeder


Firmly at number one due to their wide range of slow feeders, Outward Hound stock best-selling slow eating dog bowls in different colours and patterns.

Outward Hound orange spiral slow feeder bowl for dogs

Specially designed spirals and rivets prevent your dog from eating their entire bowl in just a couple of mouthfuls.


The range of designs incorporates some 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 to suit every dog, The large slow feeder dog bowl is one of the biggest to feature in our top 10.


Their bowl range is BPA free and features a non-slip base so the bowl stays in one place and doesn't 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

- Not a combination feeder



2. BEST CHALLENGE Maze Slow Feeding Dog Bowl


This eye-catching maze design by Decyam offers multiple spirals for your dog to negotiate.

Decyam grey spirraled dog bowl

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 cause a few dogs to become frustrated.


The addition of rubber feet stop it sliding around while your dog eats and it is 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.


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

- May cause frustration


3. BEST ECO-FRIENDLY Pet Impact Dog Bowl


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 dog bowl is made from renewable bamboo fibre and cornstarch to reduce your dog's paw prints.


Nevertheless it has thick, strong walls and 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.


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


Recommended for raw, wet or dry food, it's suitable for small to medium dogs.


Dimensions (diameter) - One size 19cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Eco-friendly credentials

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable for smaller dogs


4. BEST FLAT FEEDER 'Green' Dog Slow Feeder


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.


This unusual design replicates tufts of grass at differing heights to provide a canine challenge.


Whilst dogs will enjoy the challenge of pushing the food out between its many ridges, the feeder is quite deep in places so 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 - medium 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


5. BEST COMBINATION FEEDER Pecute 3-in-1 Slow Eating Dog Bowl


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 buying 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.


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


6. BEST CLASSIC DESIGN Neater Pet Brands Slow Feeder


For those dog parents out there that love a more traditional solution, will adore this simple stainless steel bowl 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 Great British Bake Off !


A durable bowl 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 to slow down gulping dogs when drinking. We loved the paw print design too.


What's more, it could fit in your existing bowl as an insert or you can buy it as a set with the Neater Feeder elevated feeders. Available in a choice of two sizes.


Dimensions - ( diameter) : 16.5cm and 21 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Durable, simple design

+ Can be used to slow drinking

Reasons to Avoid

- No non-slip base

7. BEST FOR TRAVEL Dog Feeder Mat


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

outward hound slow feeding mat for dogs in green

It's a new and unique alternative to the standard bowl and can be used on it's own 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, as well as brachycephalic dogs (think pugs), who may 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 on-the-go slow feeding.


It's worth mentioning that if you use this as a mat as opposed to a bowl insert, you will 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


8. BEST POCKET DESIGN Honeycomb Design Slow Feeder Dog Bowl


From Iokheira, this beautiful honeycomb design provide lots of smaller pockets to keep your dog engaged for longer whilst they work their way around the bowl.

Honeycomb design slow feeder bowl for dogs

The honeycomb design is the only bowl featured to use a suction cup on the base to stop the bowl from moving across the floor or tipping.


The reviews from customers are great with many praising the suction concept.


It's worth noting that it's made from food grade silicone so it's pliable like rubber and may not be ideal for those aggressive chewers out there.


Dishwasher and freezer safe, it's a great option if you want to use it with frozen treats in the summer.


This bowl can be used with wet or dry foods and is available in two sizes.


Dimensions - (diameter) : small 16 cm, large 21 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Can be frozen

+ Suction cup base

Reasons to Avoid

- Not for aggressive chewers


9. BEST CERAMIC Super Design Ceramic Raised Dog Bowl


This stunning ceramic slow feeder by Super Design incorporates some special design features which can help solve several dog feeding problems.

Super Design ceramic slow feeder bowl for dogs

The elevated bowl encourages 'right height' feeding which can help to reduce back or neck strain in dogs.


The heavy ceramic base alongside the silicone feeding mat, work together to ensure the bowl stays in place during mealtimes and helps to protect your floor.


Three ridges are incorporated into the base to slow greedy dogs down and help them savour their food.

Both the mat and the bowl are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.


The bowl is available in two sizes but both are fairly small so it's really more suitable for small to medium sized dogs.


Dimensions ( Height, diameter) - Medium 12 cm X 14cm | Large 14.5 cm X 17.5 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Elevated bowl design

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable for smaller dogs


10. BEST FOR SMALL DOGS Tineer Double Slow Feeder Bowl


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.

Tinnier double slow feeder bowl for dogs

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 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, 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.



How We Chose the Featured Bowls


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 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.


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

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