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My husband and I rescued a beautiful black Labrador in September 2010. Lovely as she was, her drinking habits weren't; we'd often go into the kitchen and be greeted to huge puddles on water on the floor, and paw prints leading to her bed. After some research, we decided to purchase the Road Refresher Dog Bowl in Large. We weren't going to be using for journeys, but for in the house! I was very sceptical at first, because I couldn't see how it would make any difference. I am glad to say I was proven wrong!
We bought it from Amazon and paid £9.95 (excluding p&p).
It's very easy to use; you just take off the black ring at the top and take out the inner piece. Fill with fresh water, then push the inner piece to the bottom and let it rise. Then fix the black ring back on to the top. Simple! The whole idea is that it only lets out very little water at a time, therefore reducing the risk of your dog spilling, or in our case slobbering, the water everywhere.
It completely 100% works. No more wet socks, wet paw prints, or angry owners!
It is also impossible for your dog to tip over, so if you do take it on car journeys, rest assured you won't end up with a soaking wet boot.
At Crufts one year I was approached by the lady who designed and produced these bowls, she asked me if I would allow my Police Dogs to trial one. I agreed and put the bowl through it's paces; it was kept in the Police vehicle and at the start of each duty I would fill it up with fresh water and put it in the cage with my narcotic detection dog, Bella. During my shift I was usually deployed to several urgent jobs requiring a speedy response therefore I did wonder whether the non-spill bowl would be true to it's word, it was, in fact it didn't even move, no matter how many bends I went around. Braking hard didn't even budge this bowl; the little velcro pads underneath the bowl kept it in place and the excellent design made it infallible, it did not spill or splash once. A superb invention and worth every penny.
My dogs are cadaver detection and trailing dogs and so they are worked hard in all weathers.
I use these bowls in the back of the car to be able to put water for them and not have to stand over them whilst they drink before driving off.
The bowl comes apart in three pieces and basically has a kind of floating bit in the middle, one water is out in the floating bit sits on the water surface stopping the water comeing out along wihtthe large enclosed rim on the top. As the dog drinks they push their tongue on the floating bit which pushes down pushing water up towards the dog making it possible for them to drink. Once they stop the floating bit comes back up keeping the water in.
This really does work. Even turning it upside down the water does not come out as it is caught in the rim.
The bowl has never spilt since I've had it.
It also has three small velcro bits which help to keep the bowl attached to the floor. This is of course only if the floor is carpet or something. Mine are in the rear of my car were the bowl clings to the carpet well.
It does take a while for the dogs to realise how to get the water and my Mali sat looking at it for ages until she eventually nudged the floating part and got a nose full of water! Now she knows exacelt what to do and enjoys drinking from it.
Giving your dogs water in this way after excessive exersice is the best way as they get their intake in very slowly. They are not rushed as you try to get water into them before getting in the car yourself and they can continue to rehydrate as you travel back home.
Duribility wise, I have used my for 18 months and there are no problems with it at all. My Mali is a chewer and has chewed the plaster off the conservatory walls but this bowl she has left alone completely. I used Ceramic or metal bowls indoors as she likes to chew them. This bowl is made from really tough material and I guess she cant be bothered!
Price wise, these are not cheap for a plastic bowl. Bear in mind that a simple plastic bowl is about 50p, these sell for £11. However they are brilliant if you dont want water soaking your car from spills of the car moving to the dogs actually knocking the bowl over.
Due to the floating bit it is essential that it is clean or swilled out reguarly as it does keep a lot of muck in the under part where the water if kept. This is only seen then you take it apart. Taking it apart is also a bit tricky as you feel like you are going to damage it. It does take a strong tug to get it off but once you are comfortable that it will not break this is easy.
Hats off to the designer of this bowl, it is brilliant
Hmmmm, great for no spills..... if you're happy not cleaning it. Once again the residual contents have thrown themselves down my trousers whilst I've jostled to take the black rim off.....removed the inner rim months ago through annoyance factor. I'd rather put the free ice cream tub on the floor outside the boot, and the heavy ceramic drinks bowl in the kitchen. First dog, now 11 months, bought this when we first got her. Wouldn't recommend.
The aim behind this is to reduce slobber and spills.
We have a Weimaraner with ears that are quite frankly too big in comparison with the rest of her (its ok she can't read!), so the result with a normal dog bowl is very wet ears that she likes to rest on your lap - specially in summer when you are wearing white trousers, or when someone comes to the house who isn't a 'doggy person' - we tend not to have these people back
We first got this when we were given short notice that we would have to take her to Cambridge Queens vet school for radiotherapy and chemo. As this is a 4 hour journey I wanted something that would enable her to drink whilst the car was moving. I rang the company on their UK based number at 11am and the lady was helpful beyond belief. She even checked what stock she had put on the van and promised us a large bowl would be with us the following day. Hey presto at 10am the following morning it arrived. Whilst this customer service does not affect the product quality I believe great customer service is always praiseworthy.
The bowl itself comes in three main parts - a rim, the main bowl and the floaty bit that has holes for the water to come through. I bought the large bowl which comes in a variety of colours; pink, blue, yellow, green and grey. It holds 1.4 litres of water and the dimensions of the drinking area are the same size as a normal dog bowl at 12cm. So even if your dog is as suspicious as ours they won't really notice a difference.(also available are smaller dog and cat bowls)
How we used ours in the car - Fill up the main bowl to the 'max' line, place the floaty plate on top and gently press until water starts to appear then clip the rim into place. We then used the Velcro pads that are located on the base of the bowl to 'stick' to the carpet in our boot. Throughout the entire 4 hour journey it did not spill even when it was stepped in and shoved with a big wet nose. To fill it up on the move we gently poured water into the top plate and it lifted up to float on top. If you wanted to attach the bowl to something smooth i.e. a lino floor it comes with additional sticky Velcro pads which you can line-up with the ones on the bottom of the bowl for extra stability. The only disadvantage I have found is when taking it apart to either fill from empty or clean is that it can take a while to get the rim off, and if its not empty you can get wet as you hold the bowl against our body to loosen the top.
Back home we now use this as her everyday bowl and the incidence of me sliding rapidly across the kitchen floor whilst flapping my arms in a windmill style have reduced due the absence of a water ice rink on the floor. And even though she likes to push the bowl around the floor with her nose just in case there is any food under it it doesn't spill. Actually talking of food even if that gets dropped in this bowl it can be easily retrieved with out bobbing about in a large amount of water.
All in all a great bowl that does what it claims although the initial cost is a little high.
With 2 dogs I have a fairly large dog water bowl in the kitchen. But I'm forever finding the floor in the area 'swimming' with water because of the way my dogs drink. They sort of drink from the edge of the bowl which then causes some of the water to drip over the edge and thus flooding my floor.
So I spent a long while trying to find a solution to this problem. There are a few anti-spill dog bowls on the market, but this one seems to have very good reviews. In fact the owner of the company was featured on Dragon's Den where I believe she was turned down by the Dragon's, but then went on to start selling this product in America (apparently even to the President) and has made a fortune. She also does have her own website for the product which does detail a lot of the development background to this bowl, which may be of general interst to some.
The design itself is ingenious. I bought a large one from Amazon for just over £11 in the grey colour, but it does come in a variety of other colours as well. They do come in 2 sizes, the smaller version holding 0.6 litres and the larger version holding 1.4 litres. The bowl itself basically comes in 3 pieces. You have the main bowl, which is 24.2 cm wide and 10.2 cm tall. You then have a centre floating tray that sits inside the bowl. This tray has a sort of large indent in the middle with little holes in it. The idea of this is that it sits (floats) on top of the water and the intent bit in the middle fills with some water from which your dog can drink. Over the top of this assembly clips a top cover with a centre opening 12 cm wide which lines up with the indent in the floating tray. The edges of the lid also slope inwards towards the centre hole so that any water splashed onto it is drained back into the bowl. The base of the bowl also has some rubberised feet to hold it in position on a floor and stop your dog chasing it around the room as it tries to get a drink.
The idea is that you dog drinks from the indent getting a little water at a time. As the bowl drains, the float drops lower but still keeps just enough water in the centre indent. With my dogs, where they used to drink at the side of their old bowl and dribble over the edge, they now drink in the middle of this bowl and any drops or dribbles are allowed to drop back into the bowl or onto the lid which slopes back towards the centre.
I think the main ideology behind the design is for it to be used in the back of a car on the move because the bowl is designed in such a way as to prevent the water sloshing around too much, and hence avoids spills within the car, or indeed my kitchen floor where I use it. So from a practical use aspect, it is a very good product, but there are a couple of niggles that are perhaps worth noting.
The first minor problem I found is that it can be fiddly to change the water, and often you end up just filling a jug and pouring the water back into the centre of the bowl. Now for those of you with dogs, you'll know that their water bowl will get dirty over time with bits of grass and fur etc dropping into the water. Also, I have found that leave their water in the bowl for more than 24 hours and you can get a thin film of slime building up on the bowl. So I go through a regular routine of cleaning their water bowl every time I give them fresh water on a daily basis, which isn't so easy to do with this Road Refresher bowl because you need to take it apart to do so.
The other issue I found was capacity. With 2 large dogs, I find that they drink a fair amount of water, especially after we have been out for a walk. Their old water bowl had something like a 2.7 litre capacity which was more than adequate for their needs. But this new Refresher bowl only has a 1.4 litre capacity and I find that that doesn't quite give then enough to last through the day and it is not always readily noticeable as to when the water level is low in this bowl and needs refilling because of the design and the narrow opening.
I did e-mail the company asking them if they were intending to do a larger size, perhaps extra large, but their reply was it was possibly something to consider in the future, but did suggest I should buy 2 bowls (how nice!!). So with the lack of water capacity, I've found myself going back to their original water bowl and using that, and just putting up with the wet floors because their appears to be nothing in the anti-spill dog bowl market above that 1.4 litre limit.
In summary then, on the one hand you do have an ingeniously designed bowl that stops water spills and avoids the doggy dribbles when they drink from it. But on the other hand, it can be fiddly to clean, and if you have 2 or more larger dogs, it may not be sufficient for their needs.
So overall, a 4 star recommendation from me.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I bought this recently after trying endless bowls for my dogs. I initially bought this as its advertised as being non spill and my dogs playfight a lot so needless to say previous bowls have ended up overturned and my floor covered in water.
Theres actually other advantages to this bowl however other than it being non spill. Because of the design of the bowl it also only allows dogs to drink water slowly rather than guzzling and dragging half the water in their mouths with them. This was a particular problem with our lab and I have to say that this has greatly reduced the problem. Nothing worse than a dog who brings half the water with them when putting their head in your lap lol.
The other benefit to this bowl is the shape. My lab (being a pup) has destroyed endless bowls but he hasnt even attempted to destroy this one. I can only assume it is because of the shape with the rubber top stopping him. It doesnt seem to give him anything to grab hold of.
The bowl itself comes in 3 pieces. There is the main section which is like most other bowls with the exception of the shape. I cant remember the actual word but in descriptive lamens terms it is bigger at the bottom and sort of gets narrower as it moves up the bowl. The second section is a piece that goes inside the bowl a circular section which has perforations in it (this is the non slobber part) which allows small amounts of water through. This section moves down the bowl as the water is drunk. The third part is the top outer piece. This is a rubbery section which attaches to the main part of the bowl. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like a small tyre.
You can put just over 1 litre of water in the bowl at a time which if like me and you use this bowl at home is ample as long as you regularly check the need to refill.
There are sticky pads at the bottom which makes the bowl stick to the floor and also spare pads come with it if you want to secure it more so it's completely imovable, however without the extra pads it still sticks very well to my carpet and doesnt move.
The only downsides to this product for me is that because it's difficult to move and refill I dont bother. I just fill a jug and pour the water straight in. I think this may have slightly damaged it as sometimes the floating part doesnt always work. Again I think this my fault so not necessarily a bad design of the product itself.
Overall I would highly recommend this product especially if like me you have at least one dog who can be destructive to bowls. I have had this bowl about a month and as yet had no major problems with it. Expensive but worth it.
~~*~~ Road Refresher ~~*~~
Pig the greatest chocolate Labrador in the world, ever, travels everywhere with me. As I'm a dog walker, she has probably the best life in the world, ever, as everyday she meets lots of her buddies and goes on 3 or 4 walks. Unfortunately, she's also forced to spend a lot of time in the car as either we're travelling to pick up her furry friends or when I'm walking an unsocial git of a dog not ready for the likes of Pig and her slobbery loveliness. Obviously Pig is lucky enough to have her own quarters in the car so she can settle down and have a snooze but providing her water was a bit of a problem - I personally can't be arsed to offer her a bowl every time she got back to the car and equally I never remembered to remove one if I'd left it with her thus a flood had usually ensued by the time we got home. Cue...
~*~ The Road Refresher ~*~
This bowl is quite ingenious and actually works which is nice. To a glancing normal person (a category I certainly don't belong in) the bowl just looks a bit like a gimmick - it has steep sides and a thick black rim. Inside there is an extra section with slits in it - all three sections come apart fairly easily and to return it to it's former glory, the middle floaty section simply slots into the base and the lid clips on to the rim of the latter. Although Pig owns a grey one (the original colour) they now make a cream, blue, pink and green so obviously I'm considering a pink one for the new puppy (Pig's hopefully up the duff and I'm on the lookout for new purchases already).
~*~ The bowl has history~*~
Designed by Natalie Ellis, the bowl's won numerous awards and so has she but there's more to her fame - she was notoriously turned down by Dragon's Den and told by them that she'd never break America with her product. She proved them wrong and turned over £1 million, and in May 2009, she was asked to design a special non-spill bowl for Bo, Barack Obama's Portugese Water Dog so of course, it's a mini White House. It's pretty cool to be honest but I'm going to stick with the grey version thanks, rather than a red brick semi with peeling windows.
~*~ Don't turn it upside down though ~*~
This thing is clever - spills are definitely no more but don't go over the top and turn it upside down in your mother's kitchen to prove a point as you'll undoubtedly lose. After you've filled up the main base part to the level suggested, you place the floaty bit on the top and click the lid back on top. This floaty thing lets just enough water through for your mutt to take a drink which apparently encourages 'tidy drinking' as idiot Labrador is limited to the amount of water she takes into her gob before swallowing - presumably this is what counts for the reduction in pet slobber by 90%*. This 'floating plate' is the clever bit as whenever there's a sharp movement such as breaking, tight cornering or accidental kicking from a pig trotter, the water is retained in the bowl. The lip is designed to prevent ears and beards from getting freakishly wet but since Pigsy is a lab, I've no proof to back up this statement. The thick plastic (heat resistant toughened polypropylene to be precise - plastic it is) seems to be tough enough as the Pig hasn't chewed or destroyed it with her fat feet, it also has little Velcro pads on the bottom which help it grip to the carpet in the boot or to the many towels that fill the boot and try and limit the amount of mess Pig creates - unfortunately they don't make a giant bowl to stick the Pig in. There are apparently other fixing pads included to attach it to your kitchen laminate but I don't remember getting them, thus I cannot comment through experience but I'm going to anyway - I'll be using them in the kitchen for the new puppy,
~*~ What size is needed for your slobbery freak? ~*~
The large bowl holds 1.4 litres and this is the one used by the very special Pig - it has a drinking hole diameter of 120mm which is plenty big enough for the beast to get her snout into so it'll probably do most breeds. The small one holds 0.6 litres and has a 92 mm drinking hole but is lower to the ground so will suit the little puppy for approximately 3 weeks until it grows into a right Piglet and I'll rue the day I picked another Pig. I digress. The website says that the Road Refresher is suitable for all dog breeds and sizes and they offer a 100% money back guarantee which is nice.
~*~ Number of Bonios needed to purchase? ~*~
Well, the proper road refresher website has the large for £11.95 and the small for £9.99 plus postage but as we all well know the tinternet is a wonderful tool for finding good stuff cheaper - everyone loves a bargain. Pig's was 6.99 new off ebay with no postage. Bargain indeed. If your poochie lives or travels in a crate, they now have attachments to keep the bowl off the floor which is a brilliant idea - these retail at about a fiver but since the Pig is a free-range corn fed creature, I've not purchased one.
~*~ Buy it ~*~
Don't have a dog? Try taking your nan out on her special scooter and marvel at the non-spill thrills that are the bowl. If you're still not convinced by this wonderfully insightful review then why not pop across to the
or ring them on
or drop them an interesting email on
If you're really bored and fancy writing them a letter on scented note paper then why not post it to this address:
Prestige Pet Products,
PO Box 2167,
Leigh on Sea,
Who knows, you might actually get a reply.
*scientific statistics taken from www.roadrefresher.com where if it's good enough for Peter Purves daschunds then it's good enough for Pig.
Me & Pig.
Both a little bit dribbly when we drink.
Review will more than likely appear elsewhere.
I was given the Prestige non-spill dog water bowl for christmas off my parents for my lab x lurcher. When I first saw it I thought it was quite large and chunky and the colours a little dull. However, since testing it out I am totally sold on this product!
What is it?
This is a dog bowl which you can place in your vehicle or home, any surface really and it won't spill any water. It has 4 velcro fastenings on the bottom and comes with 4 more what you can attach to another surface. I have tried mine firstly in the kitchen as a standard water bowl, as my dog often knocked it across the floor when it became empty and \I was impressed that it stuck solid to the ground. It has a special layer in thebowl which only lets out a little bit of water, but when the dog drinks it slowly releases more. If you turn the bowl upside down the water is stored under the layer and nothign spills out, it's amazing! If you use this in a car or other other vehicle it works in the same way. It is bulky enough to stay solid and the velcro adds extra support. The middle layer is like magic for holding the water and stopping it splashign everywhere as it monitors how much and when the water is released.
This is great for taking on days out and works sooo well. I only wish it has available in brighter colours, but the grey and black will suit both male and females. These retail at around £10 from many websites and I would highly recommend it.