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Updated: 5 Apr 2022

Best slow feeder dog bowls

Find out which slow feeder dog bowls are ideal for flat-nosed, small, medium and large dogs, and what you need to know before buying one
Joel Bates
Dog sitting next to slow feeder bowl

The best slow feeder dog bowls help food-driven dogs take their time eating dinner, and give them an interactive and engaging way to eat. But with so many shapes, sizes and prices to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the right bowl for your dog.

To help you choose, in December 2021 we enlisted the help of five canine volunteers (who usually wolf down their food in a matter of seconds) to see what they thought of a selection of 15 slow feeder dog bowls.

Over the course of a couple of weeks, a pair of flat-nosed Boston terriers, a small Parson Russell terrier, a medium-sized chocolate Labrador and a large Dobermann each ate their dinners from five or six different bowls, and with the help of their owners they told us which ones were their favourites.

Slowing down your dog and encouraging them not to gobble down their food can have positive impacts on their health. The chances of them choking, bloating or having gastrointestinal difficulties will be greatly reduced, and they'll benefit from steady digestion and mental stimulation at dinner time.

Slow feeder dog bowls aren't for every dog, though. If your dog gets easily frustrated and has destructive tendencies they might try chewing the puzzles off a slow feeder dog bowl, which could chip their teeth or injure them. You should think carefully about how your dog would treat a slow feeder dog bowl before buying one.

Read on to see our picks of the best slow feeder dog bowls for different sizes of dog, and key buying advice if you're thinking about getting one.

Prices and availability last checked: 7 March 2022.


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Best slow feeder dog bowls for small dogs

Caishnow Small Slow Feeding Dog Bowl

Cheapest price: £10.85 at Amazon

Size: 5 x 24 x 24cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

There are plenty of colour options to choose from when buying Caishnow's Small Slow Feeding Dog Bowl, including blue, green, pink, purple.

Whichever colour you choose, though, you'll want to be sure our canine testers found it an effective and interactive bowl to eat from.

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Northmate Green Feeder Mini

Cheapest price: £20 at Amazon, Pets at Home, also available at Ocado

Size: 6 x 29.5 x 23cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Although this is the smaller version of the Northmate Green Feeder, we thought it was still fairly large, so it might be too chunky if your small dog only eats modest portions.

Rosie the Parson Russell terrier put it to the test to see if she could coax out her food from between the big green obstacles.

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Neater Pet Brands Slow Feed Bowl (Medium)

Cheapest price: £24.28 at Amazon

Size: 5.1 x 16.5 x 16.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Stainless steel

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Most of the slow feeder dog bowls you can buy are made of plastic, so a stainless steel option might appeal if you're worried about your dog chewing up your bowl.

We timed how long it took our dogs to eat their dinner from this bowl to see how it shapes up against plastic competitors.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Medium/Mini), Purple

Cheapest price: £15 at Amazon

Size: 5.6 x 21.8 x 21.8cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Outward Hound is one of the most popular brands for slow feeder dog bowls, so we put several of its bestselling bowls to the test.

We tested larger versions of this flower-shaped purple bowl with our bigger dogs, but also bought this smaller version for our Parson Russell terrier to try out too.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Small/Tiny), Mint

Cheapest price: £7.26 at Amazon

Size: 3.1 x 16.5 x 16.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

There aren't many slow feeder dog bowls as small as this one, so unless you have a toy-sized dog or are really keeping an eye on your dog's food intake you might be better off with a larger bowl.

We still gave our Parson Russell terrier something to eat from it, though, to help us determine how effectively the bowl slows down dogs that normally eat very quickly.

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Best slow feeder dog bowls for flat-nosed dogs

Caishnow Small Slow Feeding Dog Bowl

Caishnow slow feeder dog bowl

Cheapest price: £10.85 at Amazon

Size: 5 x 24 x 24cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

We spotted a pug in the pictures advertising this slow feeder dog bowl, so we had our flat-nosed canines put it to the test.

Our results reveal if our Boston terriers enjoyed eating from this bowl and, most importantly, if it slowed them down at dinner time.

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Hifrenchies Healthy Slow Feeding Dog Bowl

Cheapest price: £13.99 at Amazon

Size: 5.9 x 23.8 x 22cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This slow feeder bowl has a more simplistic puzzle than some of the other bowls we tested, and we were curious to find out if that makes it too easy for dogs to still gulp down their dinner.

Boston terriers Mr Darcy and Lizzie tried this bowl out to see how it compared with the rest.

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Leashboss Flat Face Feeder

Cheapest price: £22.55 at Amazon

Size: 4.9 x 23.29 x 23.09cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This is one of the few slow feeder bowls we tested with a tilted platform, which should help your dog eat from it without having to bend down too far.

We judged how easily our tester dogs were able to extract their dinner from this bowl compared with their normally speedy dinner times.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Small/Tiny), Mint

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Small/Tiny), Mint

Cheapest price: £7.26 at Amazon

Size: 3.1 x 16.5 x 16.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This tiny bowl was also tested by our small dog, Rosie, but we decided to have our flat-nosed testers try it out too.

We were interested to see if there would be any differences in their experiences of eating from this slow feeder.

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PAW Feeder Interactive Bowl

Cheapest price: £7.95 at Training Lines, also available at Amazon, Lords & Labradors

Size: 3 x 36 x 30cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This large, paw-shaped bowl has a mixture of different puzzles on it, all of different shapes and difficulties.

We studied how our flat-nosed testers interacted with it and decided if we think it makes a good bowl for dinner time.

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Best slow feeder dog bowls for medium dogs

Decyam Pet Fun Feeder Dog Bowl Slow Feeder

Cheapest price: £9.99 at Amazon

Size: 4.3 x 20.3 x 20.3cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This Decyam slow feeder dog bowl comes with detachable anti-slip rubber feet to help prevent the bowl from sliding around the floor during dinner time.

We watched Rosie the chocolate Labrador eat her dinner from it to see how effective the anti-slip feet are.

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Northmate Green Feeder

Cheapest price: £19.49 at Zooplus, also available at Amazon, Pets at Home

Size: 7.5 x 40.5 x 29.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

The Northmate Green Feeder has obstacles of various sizes, and some of the taller ones in the middle could prove tricky for dogs that can't reach down far enough between them.

We put it to the test to see if eating from this bowl makes for a fun or frustrating dinner time.

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H&S Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

Cheapest price: £8.99 at Amazon

Size: 5.7 x 20.8 x 20.6cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

The obstacles in this H&S slow feeder dog bowl come in a variety of shapes and sizes to keep the challenge fresh for your dog and prevent them from getting too used to navigating slowed-down dinners.

We judged how easy it was for Rosie the chocolate Labrador to eat her dinner from this bowl to help you decide if it's worth buying one.

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Neater Pet Brands Slow Feed Bowl (Medium)

Neater Pet Brands Slow Feed Bowl

Cheapest price: £24.28 at Amazon

Size: 5.1 x 16.5 x 16.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Stainless steel

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This stainless steel bowl from Neater Pet Brands has a simpler design than some of the other bowls we tested.

A simple design doesn't necessarily mean that a dog would find it easier to eat out of, though. We found out how much of an effect it had on our dogs' eating speeds.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Large/Regular), Purple

Cheapest price: £14.25 at Paws, also available at Amazon, Pets at Home

Size: 5.8 x 31.8 x 27.9cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Outward Hound's slow feeder dog bowl has a complex flower design to give your dog a challenging but interactive dinner time.

Could it be too tricky to still enjoy eating from it, though? We put it to the test to see if our dogs think it's worth buying.

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Pet Impact Slow Feeder Dog Bowl (Medium)

Cheapest price: £15.99 at Amazon

Size: 5 x 19 x 19cm (HxWxD)

Material: Bamboo

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This dog bowl is made from natural bamboo fibre and comes with non-plastic packaging, making it one of the most environmentally friendly slow feeder dog bowls we tested.

Our canine volunteers judged if it's as effective as it is sustainable.

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Best slow feeder dog bowls for large dogs

Northmate Green Feeder

Northmate Green Feeder

Cheapest price: £19.49 at Zooplus, also available at Amazon, Pets at Home

Size: 7.5 x 40.5 x 29.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

The Northmate Green Feeder is the largest slow feeder bowl we tested, so if your dog eats big portions it could be a good fit.

Our large Dobermann, Cookie, tried it out to see how easily she could prise her food out from between the green obstacles.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Large/Regular), Orange Swirl

Cheapest price: £10.59 at Paws, also available at Amazon

Size: 6.6 x 32.4 x 27.9cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

The orange version of Outward Hound's Fun Feeder Slo Bowl has a swirl puzzle instead of a flower.

We had Cookie the Dobermann test out this bowl, along with Outward Hound's popular purple flower design, to see which one she prefers.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Large/Regular) Purple

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo Bowl (Medium/Large)

Cheapest price: £13.60 at Paws, also available at Amazon, Pets at Home

Size: 5.8 x 31.8 x 27.9cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

This slow feeder dog bowl is dishwasher safe, but if you want it cleaned between meals it'll probably be more practical for you hand-wash it.

We hand-washed this bowl after our dogs ate from it to find out if the complex design makes for a tougher cleaning job.

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Pet Impact Slow Feeder Dog Bowl (Large)

Pet Impact Slow Feeder Dog Bowl (medium)

Cheapest price: £20.99 at Amazon

Size: 6 x 26 x 26cm (HxWxD)

Material: Bamboo

Dishwasher safe: Yes

We tested out the medium size version of this sustainable bamboo fibre dog bowl with our medium sized volunteer dog, Rosie.

How did Cookie the large Dobermann find it in comparison?

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Rosewood Anti Scoff Slow Feeder (Large)

Cheapest price: £11.20 at Amazon, also available at Argos

Size: 6.5 x 17.5 x 17.5cm (HxWxD)

Material: Plastic

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Rosewood's Anti Scoff Slow Feeder has tall sides around the rim of the bowl, which could prove handy if your dog often spills their dinner over the sides.

We judged how effectively its prevents mess, how easy it is to clean, and most importantly how much it slowed down our dogs.

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Do slow feeder dog bowls work?

To a certain degree, all of the slow feeder dog bowls we tested succeeded in slowing our hungry dogs down at least a bit.

In fact, some were able to slow down our canine testers by more than 10 times the amount of time they normally take to gobble down their food.

However, it isn't quite as simple as 'if it slows them down, it works'.

There may be negative reasons your dog might take a long time to eat their dinner. If they don't like the look of the bowl, they find the puzzle too complex, or if they find it uncomfortable to eat from, they'll take a long time to eat but won't be enjoying themselves.

When one of our canine testers felt that one of the bowls they were testing was just too frustrating, they ended up giving up on their dinner altogether.

If you're planning on trying out a slow feeder dog bowl, it's important to watch your dog carefully while they eat and make sure that they're engaged in the puzzle of eating out of these strangely shaped bowls, and not finding it too frustrating or strange.

It may take them a couple of days to acclimatise to their new eating routine, so give it a few tries before deciding if the bowl you chose is the right fit for your dog.


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What you need to know before buying a slow feeder dog bowl

  • Cleaning will be trickier Although most of the slow feeder dog bowls we tested are dishwasher safe, it's not practical or efficient to run your dishwasher several times a day. You'll likely find yourself hand washing your bowl, and the puzzles often have plenty of nooks and crannies where food can get stuck.
  • Plastic bowls may not last The vast majority of the slow feeder bowls we tested are made of plastic, which is much more vulnerable to gnawing and chewing. If you're concerned that your dog might end up biting off parts of a plastic dog bowl, go for a stainless steel one instead.
  • Non-slip often isn't very effective Lots of the slow feeder dog bowls we tested had non-slip feet or a rubberised band around the bottom to prevent the bowl from being pushed around the floor during dinner time. These rarely worked in our tests, so if you're keen to keep your bowl in place you should consider buying a stand for your bowl to sit in.
  • Consider how challenging you want it to be Some bowls have more complex puzzles than others, and dogs who have less patience or intelligence may get frustrated if the bowl you give them is too difficult. In general, the more varied that the shapes and sizes of the puzzle are, the more difficult it will be to eat from.

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How we tested slow feeder dog bowls

We picked 15 of the UK's most popular slow feeder dog bowls, covering a variety of shapes and sizes, and put together a selection of five or six bowls for dogs of different types and sizes to try.

At Which? we purchase every product we test and don't accept any freebies, so you can be confident that our dog testers stayed 100% neutral when they reported their results.

Our canine product testers

A large collection of images displayed on this page are available at https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/pets/article/best-slow-feeder-dog-bowls-agi9E0H2EFAb

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so to give us a view on how well suited the bowls we tested are for a variety of dogs, we enlisted the help of volunteers who spent several days eating their dinner out of the bowls we asked them to test.

Scroll through the gallery above to meet our expert panel of testers, including Mr Darcy and Lizzie (Boston terriers), Rosie (Parson Russell terrier), Rosie (chocolate Labrador), and Cookie (Dobermann).

The slow-eating effect

After noting how long they normally take to gobble up their food (some take just 10 seconds), the owners of our dog testers timed how long it took them to eat from the slow feeder bowls so we could gauge how effectively they slowed them down.

Slow eating isn't always for good reasons, though, so the owners also took notes on how their dogs interacted with the bowls and what other reasons there might be for them slowing down.

Ease of use and cleaning

We asked our volunteer dog owners to prepare and clean each slow feeder dog bowl they tested, taking notes on how easily they could prepare their dog's dinner as well as any difficulties they had cleaning up afterwards.


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