Dogs enjoy spending their time outdoors during the Spring and Summer when the weather is warm. As a dog owner, you may have noticed that it can be difficult to supply them with cool water to drink after a long afternoon of running around.
Many dog owners will default to just putting some ice in their dog’s bowl but that is only a temporary fix. We wanted a more permanent solution, so we did some research on the best cooling dog water bowls to help you find the one that best fits your dog.
Not all cooling dog water bowls are created equal and unfortunately some bowls are prone to heating up the water faster when in hot weather. During our research we managed to find a handful of bowls that we feel are better than the rest. If you’re only interested in our top picks then look no further.
Our #1 Pick – K&H Coolin’ Bowl
For a more in-depth look at the refrigerated dog water bowls we looked at then continue scrolling down to find information on each bowl we researched.
K&H PET PRODUCTS Cooling Bowl
Most of us can agree that there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice cold glass of water. K&H believes your dog deserves the same luxury of a nice cold drink of water after a long day of running around, so they designed a cooling dog water bowl that is designed to keep the dog’s water colder than a standard water bowl.
The key to keeping the water cold is the cooling crystals that are located in the interior of the bowl. You activate the crystals by filling the interior with water before the first use and then freeze the bowl overnight. They recommend also adding about an inch of water in the bowl before freezing as well to extend the length of time your dog’s water will remain cold.
Some key features of the K&H Coolin’ Bowl:
- Keeps the water cold for at least 15 hours
- No electricity needed
- Great for indoor and outdoor use
- Multiple sizes that will fit any size dog
CoolerDog Freezable Dog Water Bowl
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution when it comes to keeping your dog’s water cold. This freezable dog water bowl contains 2 pounds of freezable gel in the bowl to ensure that your dog has cold water available for hours even on the hottest day. There’s nothing complicated about this bowl. Simply freeze the bowl then fill it and you’re set for up to 8 hours of cold water for your dog.
Key features of the CoolerDog Bowl:
- Holds 16 ounces of water
- BPA Free and Food Grade materials
- Non-Toxic Gel
- Easy to use
- Up to 8 hours of cold water
Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl
The popular outdoor brand, Yeti, once again provides a classy product with their Boomer dog water bowl. While not specifically designed to keep water cold, their stainless steel design is great for keeping water cold on a hot summer day. We recommend placing the bowl somewhere in the shade to keep the water cool for longer because the bowl doesn’t have a built-in way of cooling the water.
This bowl is built to be puncture and rust resistant so it’s great as an outdoor dog water bowl and can accommodate multiple dogs.
Key Features of the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl:
- Comes in multiple sizes: Yeti Boomer 8 (holds 64 ounces of water) & Yeti
- Boomer 4 (holds 32 ounces)
- Durable stainless steel great for keeping water cold
- Dishwasher Safe
- Non-Slip Ring keeps the bowl from sliding around when your dog is getting a drink of water
- Food Safe Materials – Great for water, treats and even food
Easy-Clean Water Bowl
Sometimes the best way to keep water from getting warm is to ensure there is always fresh water available to your dog. Even the best cold dog water bowls will get warm after a certain amount of time if you aren’t always freezing them, so a great alternative is a bowl that will automatically provide fresh water.
The Easy-Clean water bowl is an automatic filling water bowl that guarantees your dog will always have a full bowl of fresh water. You don’t have to go through the hasell of freezing and adding fresh water to the bowl anymore. Just plug the bowl into the faucet and your dog will have fresh, cool water at all times.
Key Features of the Easy-Clean Bowl:
- Automatic filling – saves you the time of constantly refilling your dog’s water bowl and is great for multiple dog homes.
- No spraying or loud noises that will scare your dog
- Compact but large enough for multiple dogs. It can fill faster than a horse can drink so you don’t have to worry about monitoring it
Different Types of Cooling Dog Water Bowls
Not all cooling dog water bowls are the same but many of the top products have similarities. If it works then why change it, right?
Refrigerated dog water bowls, self-filling water bowls, stainless steel bowls and gel insulated bowls all accomplish something similar but there are some differences that you should be aware of.
Refrigerated Dog Water Bowls (Freezable)
These bowls are designed with a freezable gel in them that keeps the water cold for 8+ hours even on the hottest days. Usually made from plastic and not always the sturdiest if you have a dog that likes to play with his bowl.
They accomplish what they advertise and for those really hot days, will guarantee your dog has cold water to drink. Because they are plastic, bacteria can grow in the smallest scratches so we always recommend you clean the bowl after every use and before freezing each time.
Self-Filling Water Bowls (Automatic)
These bowls aren’t specifically designed to keep water cold but they accomplish the job by always replacing the water your dog drinks throughout the day. Typically these are attached to an outside water faucet and some of them come with filters to ensure your dog is always drinking the freshest water possible.
These bowls are great for dog owners who aren’t around all day to keep the bowl filled or who don’t have time to fill smaller bowls throughout the day. At the end of the day the most important thing is your dog having access to clean water.
Just like with human water bottles, stainless steel dog bowls are much better than plastic at keeping water cold. These bowls are actively cooling the water your dog drinks, but they do a great job at keeping it cool for much longer than any other material.
Keep the bowl in a shaded area to keep the water cool for longer. On an especially hot day, we recommend filling it at least twice during the heat of the day if your dog is fairly active and drinking a lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ice water isn’t inherently bad or dangerous for your dog to have. There are, however, risks if your dog drinks water too fast as a result of putting ice in the water. If your dog gulps his water, try providing smaller and more frequent amounts of water to reduce the risks of bloat.
Ice is technically safe for your dog to eat but there are some risks. Breaking a tooth is always a possibility when chewing ice. Bigger ice cubes are a bigger risk than smaller cubes. According to PetMD, “dog bloat is not directly associated with eating ice…”
Choking is a very rare possibility when your dog is eating ice but is something you should be aware of. Giving your dog smaller pieces of ice can greatly reduce the chance of choking though.
Disclaimer: The content provided here on Ultimutt Dog Life is not a replacement for professional veterinarian advice or treatment. We always encourage you to visit your veterinarian regularly to provide your dog with the best medical care possible and to answer any questions you might have about your dog’s condition.