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Owala Pet Bowl Review 2024: An Expert’s Breakdown

Written by: Sara Seitz

Last Updated on April 18, 2024 by Dogster Team

Owala Pet Bowl Review 2024: An Expert’s Breakdown

Our Final Verdict

We give the Owala Pet Bowl a rating of 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Quality: 5/5
Variety: 4/5
Features: 5/5
Value: 4.5/5

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About Owala

Owala is a water bottle company that set out to create the most functional, useful water bottles for everyday life. And since pets are a big part of most people’s everyday life, they also decided to create a pet bowl to join their line of products.

Like Owala’s water bottles, this bowl is simple yet impressively well-designed. The inside is stainless steel, which deters microbe growth while being very easy to clean. The exterior is powder coated for a pop of color that still allows the bowl to be durable and long-lasting.

But the real beauty of this product is the substantial rubber gasket on the base that keeps the bowl in place no matter how sloppy your pet gets.

All the attention to detail and quality materials means this bowl costs more than your typical pet bowl. So if you’re in the market for a cheap bowl you can hide in the cupboard after each meal, this may not be for you. But if you want a high-quality bowl that’s equally functional for food as it is for water and pretty enough to stay out when guests come over, the Owala Pet Bowl is what you’re looking for.

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The Owala Pet Bowl Reviewed

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Quality

If you’ve used Owala water bottles, you know this company is all about producing quality products. And the same can be said about their pet bowl.

This product may have less going on with it than their other options (because, of course, dogs have no need for flip lids, straws, or hand grips) but it is still well-built and made with quality materials.

The entire bowl is constructed out of thick stainless steel. The top features a rounded edge that is easy to clean and has a nice aesthetic to it. The outside is powdered coated to add some color and to give it a more distinguished look.

Between the inside and outside, there appears to be a nice air gap, which is helpful for insulation if you’re using it as a water bowl. Will this bowl keep your pet’s water ice-cold if you place it outside in the sun? No, but it seems to help it stay cooler longer, at least.

The other thing that gapped construction does is give the bowl a more substantial feel to it. I imagine this adds to the durability and it definitely gives it a nicer look than what you get with single-layer steel bowls.

Unless you have a Rottweiler with a passion for chewing on metal, I would bet this bowl could easily last years if not decades.


Options

The Owala Pet Bowl is available in two sizes and five colors.

I received the 3-cup (24-ounce) size. The company also sells a 6-cup (48-ounce) size, which is a bit larger in terms of floor space and much deeper.

The large bowl is available in five colors: gray, turquoise, white, black, and pink. The small is available in all the same colors except gray. Each features the Owala symbol in a complimentary or muted color.

People love colorful, fun items for their pets and Owala is known for providing colorful combinations in their water bottles, so I expect more colors and patterns will be available at some point.

The small size was great for my dogs, who max out at 30 pounds. I was able to use it for both food and water without issue.

The larger bowl seems to work well as a food bowl for large dogs, but some owners say it isn’t quite big enough to function as a water bowl. I don’t necessarily agree. Forty-eight ounces of water seems like a lot to me!

owala pet bowl and food storage


Features

Aside from the quality build and the handful of customization options, there is one more major thing that sets this bowl apart. And that’s the rubber, non-slip base.

This simple addition really helps keep the bowl in place, whether your dog is frantically eating or splashing water all over your tile.

It’s a feature that isn’t overly noticeable from looking at the bowl, but it makes a big difference.

This rubber gasket is the same color as the Owala emblem on each bowl. On the turquoise bowl I got, the gasket is bright yellow, which I love. It’s more muted on the other options but still provides a little extra pizzazz.


In Summary

Pros
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Thick and durable
  • Non-slip base
  • 5 great colors
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Customization is limited

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Is the Owala Pet Bowl a Good Value?

If you compare this bowl to the simple stainless steel bowls you can find at PetSmart or the feed store, it’s a little pricey. But, if you consider the quality, the insulated build, and added features, I believe it is fairly well-priced.

papyrus with owala pet bowl

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FAQ

Is this pet bowl durable?

From my experience, the Owala pet bowl is very durable. The double-sided stainless steel build and rounded design keep it from denting when dropped. And the rubber gasket on the bottom protects it from getting scratched up (while protecting your floors).


What are the dimensions?

The small Owala pet bowl is 2¾ inches tall and 5¾ inches wide. The large bowl is 3½ inches tall and just over 7 inches wide.


Does the Owala pet bowl come with a warranty?

Like all Owala products, the pet bowl is covered under the company’s limited lifetime warranty. This protects against manufacturer defects, but will not cover the bowl if your Great Dane decides to use it as a chew toy.

owala pet bowl with dog food

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Our Experience With the Owala Pet Bowl

I had the opportunity to use the Owala pet bowl with my dogs and got to try it out on my parents’ dogs.

The first users were Ragz, my 12-year-old Dalmatian mix, and Papyrus, my 14-year-old Chihuahua. Both of my dogs are pretty small. Ragz is only 30 pounds, though she is fairly tall, and Papyrus is 7 pounds.

For them, the small, 3-cup bowl worked perfectly. It provided more than enough room to feed them meals in. And was large enough to use as a water bowl.

And in both cases, it was super easy to clean.

Because I only bought one bowl, I ended up putting it to use as a water bowl once I was done testing it out. For this, it has worked exceptionally well. It is sturdy and the no-slip base keeps it from spilling.

And I only have to refill it once a day, despite the summer heat.

Just for fun, I also tried this out on my parents’ very large Labradors, Bo and Burley. These boys are both over 60 pounds and under 3-years-old.

Size-wise, the small bowl was just big enough to hold their meals. But, given the size of their muzzles, I’ll opt for the larger size when gifting them new bowls in the future.

For water, I may stand corrected. The large size would probably be too small for these big guys, given the mess they create at the water dish every time they drink.

If you have a big, messy drinker, the Owala bowls are probably not the best option for a water dish. They don’t have any features meant to reduce splashing. And even the big bowl probably won’t hold enough water to keep them hydrated for an entire day.

But for feeding large dogs and providing water or food to small dogs, I absolutely love this product. I could see the small size also working well for cats, guinea pigs, and other pets.

ragz eating from owala pet bowl

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Conclusion

After testing out the Owala Pet Bowl on my dogs, I would highly recommend it to pet owners everywhere.

The rounded design and stainless steel material make it easy to keep this bowl clean and make it more durable than most products. The customizable colors and eye for design mean you can leave this bowl out without it clashing with your decor. And the functional, non-slip base means your dog won’t move it around the house or scuff up your floors.

For small dogs and for cats, the small bowl works great as a food or water dish. For larger dogs, the large option is best used as only a food dish unless you happen to have a dainty drinker.

In either case, you won’t regret adding this cute and functional dish to your pet’s collection. 

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