I bought 3 of these bottles for my guinea pig cages some months ago now and as of today only 1 of them is currently still working. I've always preferred the thought of glass bottles as not only are they far more hygienic; in my opinion they also keep the water fresher for longer, unlike plastic that might leech into the water and alter the taste, making your pet less inclined to drink it. In my experience, plastic bottles also tend to discolour and become dirty far more quickly. There are downsides to glass bottles though, the first being that they are generally far more expensive than their cheap plastic cousins, secondly if they are dropped you can count on them to smash to smithereens or at best, crack and break in two, whereas plastic ones are a lot more durable and tend to survive hitting the deck, whether that be carpetting or sturdy stone tiles.
Over the years I have spent countless pounds and pennies in the quest for water bottles that do not leak, some start dripping from the moment they are set up whilst others slowly decline, seeming perfect to begin with but after a couple weeks of usage turn into gushing monstrosities that completely ruin and soak a freshly cleaned cage but to my dismay. I had heard quite positive reviews on these bottles by Living World so decided to give them a go, picking 3 of the 355ml (12 oz) varieties at the princely sum of £5.99 each.
I was attracted to these bottles for a variety of reasons as not only are they made out of glass, they also possess long spouts; if you put your bottles on the outside of your cage like I do you'll realise that shorter spouts don't reach very far into the cage and can make it harder for your pet to drink from. In this case the spout reaches in at a fair distance and so your pet can easily put their mouth round it and drink. These bottles also happen to very handily come with 2 means of attaching them to the cage, a nifty metal holder as well as a spring device that holds it in place and fits nicely into a ridge manufactured into the glass.
For the week or so all 3 bottles worked a treat, dripped occasionally but remained leak free and all the pigs seemed to like them, I noticed that the amount they were drinking had increased slightly which made me wonder if the water tasted better from the glass as opposed to the plastic as I mentioned previously at the beginning of this review. One of the bottles then began to leak incessantly, it hadn't been dropped and I was slightly perplexed, until on closer inspection I discovered that the little rubber washer in the screw cap attached to the spout had eroded and start to split. I didn't know where I could find another washer that would fit and be animal safe so I had to revert to using a plastic bottle. The second bottle to break did so like the first, appearing to be a leaky washer or some other malfunction.
I love the concept of these bottles (and also the cute little floating carrots) but they really aren't made to last and at £5.99 each I expected a far better quality product for my money, strangely enough one of the bottles is still going strong but at the price I daren't replace the ones that have broken incase history repeats itself and I am left with yet more disastrously drippy bottles that don't serve their function. Back to the drawing board please, Living World!
A robust easy-to-clean glass water bottle. Non-drip nozzle with double ball-bearing design. Attachment hanger and a plastic carrot water-level indicator. Dishwasher safe