Living somewhere where the temperature drops below freezing can make finding a heated dog water bowl mandatory in order to supply your dogs with drinkable water when they aren’t in the house.
Providing your dog with adequate amounts of water is a basic task for most dog owners. Fill your dog’s bowl with water once or twice per day and be done with it. Unfortunately, living in a location where the temperature drops below freezing can make that task a hassle if your dog likes to spend time outdoors even on the coldest days.
We realized the challenges dog owners face trying to keep their dog’s water from freezing, so went looking for heated dog water bowls that we feel will quickly solve that problem.
Our #1 Pick for 2021: K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Dog Bowl
Runner Up: Petfactors Heated Pet Bowl
The Best Heated Dog Water Bowls in 2021
Farm Innovators Model D-19
Designed to keep your pet’s water from freezing in the winter, this heated water bowl is great for chickens, dogs, cats or any other smaller farm animals. The square water bowl holds 1.25 gallons of water and has an anti-chew cord protector to keep your dog from hurting himself or ruining the water bowl.
The built-in heater uses a mere 60 watts of power and will only operate when it needs to heat the bowl. The thermostatically controlled bowl saves on power and guarantees your dog will always have water that won’t freeze in the winter.
Key Features of the Model D-19 Heated Pet Bowl:
- Large Capacity (Hold up to 1.25 gallons of water)
- Thermostatically controller (only operates when needed)
- Square design
- Size: 12” x 12” x 4.75”
- Anti-chew cord protector (5 feet long)
- One Year Guarantee
Overall, this bowl is adequate for most large or multi dog homes and will do the job just fine even in the coldest conditions. One of the common concerns people have with this bowl is the quality of plastic holding the heating device. Some customers noted the bowl melting while others had no problems. Your mileage may vary with this product but still worth considering.
K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Dog Bowl
Looking for a heated dog water bowl that can withstand temperature of -20°F? Then the K&H Thermal-Bowl may be the bowl you’ve been looking for. This energy-efficient heated bowl uses a mere 25 watts of energy and is controlled thermostatically, so you don’t need to monitor it.
Tested and certified to exceed US and CA electrical safety standards, this 96 ounce bowl is made with BPA-free plastic to ensure your dog is drinking the safest and freshest water even when the temperatures are literally freezing.
Key Features of the K&H Thermal-Bowl Heated Water Bowl:
- Holds up to 96 ounces of water
- Size: 23.5” x 15” x 12.7”
- Keeps water from freezing in below freezing temperatures
- Uses 25 watts of power
- Thermostatically controlled
- BPA-free and meets safety standards
- 5.5” steel wrapped cable prevents damage to the electronics and cord
We can’t recommend this heated water bowl enough and feel it offers everything you need to keep your dog’s water ice-free throughout the winter.
Farm Innovators QT-1C Heated Pet Bowl
Our second product from Farm Innovators is the QT-1C which features a smaller bowl holding up to 1 quart of water, but it seems to be a little more well-liked. Ideal for small animals, the thermostatically controlled water bowl only uses 25 watts of power when heating.
The anti-chew protection on the power cable is a great deterrent from your dog chewing and breaking the bowl. One of the best features is the anti-tip construction of the bowl to keep your dog from pulling the bowl over and not having any water.
Key Features of the Farm Innovators QT-1C Heated Dog Water Bowl:
- Capacity: 1 Quart
- Size: 7.75” x 7.75” x 4.5”
- Easy to clean material
- Anti-tip design
- Anti-chew power cord protector
- Great for dogs, cat and other small animals
Overall, we recommend this heated water bowl for anyone with a small dog that occasionally needs to be outside and have access to water even in freezing temperatures. The small design doesn’t suit bigger dogs or multi-dog households unfortunately.
PETLESO Heated Dog Water Bowl
Great for indoor and outdoor use, the PETLESO Heated Dog Water bowl, holds up to 2L (68 oz) of water at one time and is great for your dog, cat, chicken, horse and other animals that need warm water to drink on a freezing day.
The bowl contains a water-proof switch that, when turned on, will regulate the temperature of your dog’s water between 77°F and 95°F. Along with the non-slip design, anti-chew wire and BPA free materials, this bowl is suitable for any pet that may find themselves outdoors on days where the temperature drops below freezing.
Key Features of the PETLESO Heated Dog Water Bowl:
- Size: 10” D x 4” H
- Capacity: 2.2L or 0.58 gallons
- Power Consumption: 35 watts
- Temperature: Heats water from 77°F to 95°F
- BPA free Materials
- Non-slip design
- Waterproof switch
- Anti-chew cable to prevent damage or injury
- 65” Power Cord
Overall, a solid heated water bowl you can’t go wrong buying for your dog. The design and capacity of this bowl makes it great for any outdoor pet that needs access to warm water.
Petfactors Heated Pet Bowl
This outdoor thermal water bowl is very similar to the previous bowl on the list and will contain many of the same features. It doesn’t have some noticeable distinctions though, which is why we decided to include it on our list of heated dog water bowls you should consider.
The biggest distinction we noticed is that this bowl features an automatic protection function when the bowl is completely empty. When the bowl no longer has water in it, it will enter the standby state automatically and will stop heating the bowl. This is a great feature to have and will protect the bowl from damage if you forget to refill it.
Key Features of the Petfactors Heated Pet Bowl:
- Size: 9.85” x 9.85” x 3.95”
- Capacity: 2.2L or 0.58 gallons
- Waterproof switch
- Internal thermostat regulates temperature of the water (97℉ – 109℉)
- Automatic protection function
- Chew and tear resistant cord
We recommend this to anyone who occasionally forgets to fill their heated dog water bowls and wants the added protection of an automatic standby mode to protect the bowl from damage. While this bowl doesn’t have the largest capacity, it should function fine for large dogs who are outside frequently on freezing days.
Features to Consider For a Heated Dog Water Bowl
- Size. You want a bowl that is going to hold enough water for how big your dog is or how many dogs you have. Typically heated water bowls hold 1 quart to over a gallon of water. Find one that has the capacity you need. You don’t want to be constantly going out into freezing temperatures to fill a bowl.
- Materials. The same as with any dog bowl, you need to consider the materials the bowl is made of. You want a material that is durable, long-lasting and easy to clean. We recommend stainless steel bowls in most situations as they check all the boxes of the ideal material, but many of the heated dog water bowls are plastic. There’s nothing wrong with plastic, but it won’t last as long but will be more affordable. Just something to consider when browsing our list or shopping around.
- Power Consumption. Something you don’t have to worry about when buying a standard water bowl. Lower power consumption will save you money on your electric bill, but will a low wattage bowl keep your dog’s water from freezing? Consider the size, wattage and the area you live in to determine if it’s worth trying to be more economical with power consumption.
- Safety. When it comes to heated dog water bowls, safety should be your #1 feature to consider. The majority of the heated bowls you find will be perfectly safe. Check to ensure the bowl you choose has a protected power cord that won’t break from being chewed on or fail due to severe weather. Automatic shutoff settings may also be a feature to consider for when you forget to fill the water bowl and it runs dry.
Advantages of Heated Dog Water Bowls
- No more frozen water. Gone are the days of you making multiple trips outside on a freezing day to refill your dog’s water and/or make sure it isn’t frozen. Heated bowls do all the work, make your life easier and ensure your dog is adequately hydrated on those cold winter days.
- Prevents Dehydration. Just because it isn’t hot outside, doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t need to drink water. Outdoor dogs especially struggle with finding places to drink water on freezing days, so always having access to fresh, warm water is a great way to keep a happy and healthy dog.