The Best Water Fountain for Cats and Dogs

The Best Water Fountain for Cats and Dogs

Our pick

Catit Flower Fountain

Catit Flower Fountain

Best for cats (and some small dogs)

This fountain is affordable, easy to clean, and well-suited to small animals.

Buying Options

$28 from Chewy
$28 from Amazon

The Catit Flower Fountain was the easiest to operate because it’s simple to clean, a cinch to maintain, and very quiet. Its smooth surfaces, lack of crevices, and small number of parts made cleaning and reassembling a breeze. While not explicitly dishwasher-safe, our test unit survived a trip on the top rack, and many people who’ve reviewed it indicate that it holds up over time as well. It holds enough water that you’ll need to fill it only once or twice a week and replace the filter about every month. We also like that it runs silently, so long as it’s not running low on water. Like with almost every model we tested, the pump on the Catit fountain makes grinding noises when it’s running low on water, but the sound isn’t as grating as it is with most other models. Plus, it looks like a flower (although you can swap the floral top for a flat one if you prefer).

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Runner-up

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Drinking Fountain

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Drinking Fountain

A metal fountain

This fountain is made of metal, plus it’s quieter than its competitors—but it’s also more expensive.

Buying Options

$70 from Chewy

May be out of stock

If our main pick is sold out, or if you prefer a metal fountain (which may suit some pets that struggle with chin acne), Pioneer Pet’s Raindrop Drinking Fountain is a good alternative. It’s also heavier, which makes it more difficult for clumsier pets to knock around. However, the metallic construction costs more and shows dirt more easily than the Catit and emits a persistent low hum regardless of the water level. It’s also available in a ceramic version, though we don’t recommend that model due to its smaller size.

Also great

Hagen Dogit Design Fresh & Clear Dog Drinking Fountain

Hagen Dogit Design Fresh & Clear Dog Drinking Fountain

For big dogs

If your pets drink a lot, this large-capacity fountain is your best option.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

For households with multiple animals (or just a very big dog), the Hagen Dogit Design Fresh & Clear is the best high-capacity pet water fountain we found. With a max capacity of 200 ounces (and a minimum of 24 ounces), the Dogit is easy to clean and quiet—though fiddly to assemble and difficult to find replacement parts for.

Upgrade pick

PetKit Eversweet 2

PetKit Eversweet 2

A smarter fountain

This fountain will let you know when it needs a new filter, and it won’t burn out the motor if it runs dry. It is small and expensive to maintain, though.

Buying Options

$33 from Amazon

If silence and ease of use are your top priority, and price is no object, it’s worth looking into the PetKit Eversweet 2. This drinking fountain automatically turns off the pump when the fountain runs dry (which would cause a motor burnout in all other models), has an LED indicator to tell you when it’s time to change the filter, and is the quietest fountain we tested. But it’s upkeep costs 50 percent more than our top pick and has one of the lowest capacities of any fountain we tested, so it’s not worth the expense for everyone.

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Our pick

Catit Flower Fountain

Catit Flower Fountain

Best for cats (and some small dogs)

This fountain is affordable, easy to clean, and well-suited to small animals.

Buying Options

$28 from Chewy
$28 from Amazon

Runner-up

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Drinking Fountain

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Drinking Fountain

A metal fountain

This fountain is made of metal, plus it’s quieter than its competitors—but it’s also more expensive.

Buying Options

$70 from Chewy

May be out of stock

Also great

Hagen Dogit Design Fresh & Clear Dog Drinking Fountain

Hagen Dogit Design Fresh & Clear Dog Drinking Fountain

For big dogs

If your pets drink a lot, this large-capacity fountain is your best option.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Upgrade pick

PetKit Eversweet 2

PetKit Eversweet 2

A smarter fountain

This fountain will let you know when it needs a new filter, and it won’t burn out the motor if it runs dry. It is small and expensive to maintain, though.

Buying Options

$33 from Amazon

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